Punters feel the racing fever
FROM COAST to country, residents are spoilt for choice in venues to celebrate the race that stops a nation on Tuesday, November 4.
If you're looking for affordable fun, Pottsville Beach Sports Club will hold a luncheon, fashion show and best dressed competition for $30 per person, while Currumbin RSL will hold free Spring Racing Carnival entertainment from 8.30am.
For fine dining, try the nineteen21 luncheon at Tweed Heads Bowls Club, and for stellar ocean views you can't beat Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club or the Salt Bar, Kingscliff.
For those that want to feel closer to the action, with horses on the track; you can't beat the Tweed River Jockey Club, which will feature a six-race local program, fashions on the field, live music and plenty of punting opportunities at picturesque Tygalgah.
For punters, and those having a once-a-year flutter, a strong local and interstate bookies' ring, plus on-course tote, will be in operation, covering all the live racing from Flemington racecourse as well as the Murwillumbah action.
The day's local feature event is the Ellis and Baxter Cup, a Benchmark 45 handicap over 1530m. A presentation will be held after the race to hand over the cup, valued at several hundred dollars, to winning connections.
Serious punters will be eyeing seven-year-old mare Chinsky, which brings some local track expertise to her claim.
She has won here at this distance in only two previous attempts, and has produced some nice form this campaign, including a win at Beaudesert over 1650m in August.
Lucky Elite could prove the danger, especially if the tempo slackens and he is left alone in his favourite piloting role.
He ran a strong race two starts back over 1400m at Lismore and was only caught inside the furlong marker to finish second.
Harada Pearl makes her northern debut after racing around the tracks of southern New South Wales and the ACT. She has been competitive over a mile and in staying events, so she should find the line well when the others start to falter.
In the fashion stakes extravagance is at your discretion, but safety, when it comes to the after party, never goes out of style.
Police advise using free public transport made available from licensed venues and never driving under the influence.
Tweed Heads Bowls Club - nineteen21 restaurant luncheon $65pp
Pottsville Beach Sports Club - luncheon and fashion show $30pp
South Tweed Sports - luncheon and free bubbly on arrival $45pp
Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club - luncheon, fashions on the field $49pp
Tweed River Jockey Club - Tweed City Fashions on the Field and horse racing $20 entry.
The first and last races of the day are scheduled for 12.25pm and 4.31pm respectively.
Gates open at 10am.
Twin Towns Services Club - Coolangatta Tweed Heads Rotary Club charity luncheon $45pp
Salt Bar and Bistro, Kingscliff - luncheon $50 for table of four.
Currumbin RSL - free Spring Racing Carnival entertainment