FAST fillies, fascinators and a win by Fiorente at Flemington.

That about sums up the Melbourne Cup at Tweed River Jockey Club, with thousands crowding into the race course to catch a glimpse of the regional action.

Tweed lads and ladies were dressed in their best gear, live music kept the punters dancing and caterers Savoir Fare kept the food coming fast and fresh.

Dylan Giovine and his mate Clint Montegue dressed in hot pink vested suits for the races at Murwillumbah and were quite proud of their out-there fashion statement.


Mr Giovine even topped off his colourful ensemble with a drink holder duct taped to his crutches.

"We wanted to do something colourful so we went to Lowes and ended up getting the same colour," Mr Giovine said.

"We're supporting the fight against breast cancer and the ladies love it.

"All day we've been getting heaps of compliments."

Mr Giovine described the festivities as "getting wasted and having fun watching the races", but thankfully a civil atmosphere at the race course boded well for responsible alcohol consumption.

Besides, Tweed Police were out in force, mingling with the crowd and making sure no one had a little too much fun.

When Mr Giovine and Montegue were asked whether they might meet a lady companion at the races the decadent duo were confident.

"They're only human," Mr Giovine quipped with a grin.

My Daily News also ran into Kingscliff Rotary president Nathan Williams enjoying the sunshine and picturesque views of the Jockey Club.

His bet on cup runner Dandino didn't pay dividends, but Mr Williams was having a grand ol' time regardless.

"It's my first time here and it's been a great day, he said.

"There's such a good atmosphere, lots of friendly people."

And like the rest of the Jockey Club's attendees, Mr Williams couldn't help but notice a distinct tinge of fluorescent in the fashion department.

"There's fluoro' everywhere, it must be the 'in' thing or something," he said.

Race-goer Samantha Conway, wearing a brilliant black dress, praised both the fashion and atmosphere of Tweed's most significant Melbourne Cup event.

"The atmosphere and the fashion was just really wonderful," she said.

"It's just an amazing, amazing day for anyone over the age of 18."

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