Cup carnival starts with a speeding Bullet

THE 2007 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Gold Cup racing carnival could hardly have got off to a better start than it had yesterday.

Perfect weather, a large crowd and some outstanding racing marked the annual Community Cups Day.

On a bad day for punters that saw many of the on-course and tote favourites fail to shine, the track showed that with some good weather it can be as good as any in the area with no evidence of any bias that has clouded so many meetings in the past.

In the feature event, the 1410 metre Sawtell Cup, it was Bullet Express that flew late down the outside to edge out a game Running Rich by three-quarters of a length.

Jockey Matthew Bennett kept his Bob Milligan mount quiet until the last furlong and timed his run to perfection to fly past a charging bunch relegated to the minor placings.

The carnival continues tomorrow with the running of the Coffs Coast Hospitality Sprint while the biggest day of the year, the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, will be run before a bumper crowd on Thursday.

Early forecasts show that Thursday should be mostly sunny with an expected top temperature of 23 degrees.

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