Cup Day starters keen
By CRAIG McTEAR
AS LONG as a few drinks and a few bets are involved, this bunch of mates doesn't really mind where they'll spend Melbourne Cup Day.
With their final university exams done and dusted, the Advocate found the Bachelor of Business students making a headstart on their Cup Day celebrations at the Coffs Hotel yesterday.
"We're hitting the town," Garreth Edwards, 19, said.
"I'm not sure where I'll be tomorrow. I'll probably go to the pub and place a few bets and drink a few schooners of beer.
"I watch the Cup each year. The Melbourne Cup is one of those times of year when it's acceptable to drink and have a bet on the horses without anyone having a go at you.
"The Melbourne Cup is an Australian tradition. Every Australian goes out, but I'm not big on fashion. I'm a fashion reject."
Garreth fancies Headturner today, while his mate, 20-year-old Aaron Marr, will have his money on Efficient.
"It did really well last race, and I reckon the three-year-old can do it," Aaron said.
"The Cup is an Australian tradition through and through. You set the day aside as a special occasion.
"I'm not a big punter, but I'll always bet on the Melbourne Cup, the Caulfield Cup and the Coffs Cup."
For Louis Worth, 19, the Melbourne Cup is a time to stop, kick back with your mates and have a few bets.
"You can have a break from your work and your study life," Louis said.
He reckons Maybe Better can greet the judge first today.
As for Greg Heskett, 18, he'll opt for Ice Chariot, and perhaps a couple of other fancies.
But Brad O'Kane, 25, isn't quite sure what he's going to back today.
"I've got no tips. I'll just watch it tomorrow," Brad said. "The Melbourne Cup is a good day. You get the afternoon off work and bet and drink."
Corey Beeton, 18, hasn't had a good look at the field yet, but he's looking forward to a great day just the same.
One mug punter we bumped into at the Coffs Harbour TAB yesterday liked four runners ? Dizelle, Ice Chariot, Art Success and Demerger.