Cup day will be one to remember
By JENI FAULKNER
EVERYONE who was anyone enjoyed the excitement of this year's Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Gold Cup on Thursday.
But, as we all know, at some point the party has to end.
Drunk people, offensive language, drink drivers and one big clean up was left behind from Coffs Harbour's biggest event, and in the behaviour stakes we didn't fair too bad.
Police estimated crowd numbers reached 12,000 on the day, but given the huge turnout they reported a relatively incident-free event.
Two men were issued with Field Court Attendance Notices for offensive conduct after allegedly urinating in public, while another was issued with a court attendance notice for offensive language.
A total of four people were charged with drink driving offences, one low range, two middle range and one high range PCA.
Acting Inspector with Coffs Harbour police Steven Black said the town was busy throughout the night with a number of arrests, particularly for alcohol-related of-fences.
"Generally everyone was well behaved and there were plenty of intoxicated people, with some having to be removed from the grounds," Mr Black said.
Chief executive of the Coffs Harbour Racing Club, Sherryn Tutt, said final numbers for the Cup would be released early next week.
"What we can say is that numbers and figures were up from last year and pre-sales from the gate were also up," Ms Tutt said.
During the day the racing club ran out of champagne, but this wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of punters with Ms Tutt saying the club sold a year's worth of alcohol in one day.
"We were very happy with the crowd and the weather held out for most of the day with a light shower falling at the end, just after the Cup."
Ms Tutt said there was well in excess of 180 staff involved in the event, with more than 30 security guards and six pay-as-you-go police.
"Everyone did a wonderful job because there were a lot of young staff this year who had never worked a Cup before."
Ms Tutt said the definite highlight this year was Carlton Draught bringing 2004 Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins to the event.
"She was a great crowd pleaser."