Punters Ashlee Zervos, Kate Dykstra, Samantha Stapleton and Huey Ryan get excited at the Ivory Tavern.
Punters Ashlee Zervos, Kate Dykstra, Samantha Stapleton and Huey Ryan get excited at the Ivory Tavern. Blainey Woodham

Ivory the winner for racegoers

THE crowds filled the bars and clubs across the Tweed to watch the running of the Melbourne Cup yesterday.

Most stayed on at the venues to celebrate a win or forget about a loss.

Some people got into the spirit of the race and dressed up for the occasion.

Samantha Stapleton was at the Ivory Tavern to watch the race.

"I come here every year for the race," Ms Stapleton said.

"It's the race, the sun and the location."

She said she always backed horses trained by Bart Cummings.

"Bart is always a winner," she said.

Trev McPherson decided to wear his jockey's outfit to the tavern to get into the spirit of the cup.

"Every year I am here, I'm a local," Mr McPherson said.

"I used to work here years ago."

Ivory Tavern general manager Gregg Peterson said there was a good turnout for the race this year, but the tavern was getting busier after the race was done.

"I would say we have about 350 people in here at the moment," Mr Peterson said.

"I would have to say there were a few less than in previous years.

"I think it's because of the tough economic times people are going through at the moment."

 



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