Thousands turn out for Murwillumbah's big race day
IT HAS been a big day at the Murwillumbah race track with enthusiastic punters turning out in large numbers to watch the local action and the big race broadcast live from Melbourne.
The spirits were high and the crowd was well behaved with most crimes occurring in fashion .
Fascinators and heels as high as Charlie Sheen gouged the green as one of the high points in Murwillumbah's social calendar got underway.
Among those at the track was Richmond MP Justine Elliot and her husband Craig Elliot who were enjoying their first Melbourne Cup day at the course. Her parliamentary schedule has prevented her from attending in previous years.
"The atmosphere has been electric," Mrs Elliot said.
Mrs Elliot admitted to a little flutter on the Melbourne race, putting her money on Super Cool, saying it was the only choice because it was Australian owned and trained.
The man hugs and drunk dancing kicked off early, about 1.55pm, as the effects of the hot weather and plenty of refreshments took hold. It was a celebratory mood amoung the crowd, which was friendly and well mannered.
By the time Fiorente crossed the line in first place dancing had broken out in several locations, with some unusual moves busted by revellers.
The Daily News Cup was won by Chasing the Sun.