Coffs Cup a resounding success
THE sun shone, the birds sang, and most people kept their shoes on all day.
Whether you went to punt, play or merely to soak it all in, it was an all round perfect day for the 2012 Coffs Cup.
With a slight breeze to cool excitable punters, and enough sun to warm all the bare shoulders, the well-behaved crowd took in all the races on offer with good grace and even better fashion.
From 1950s pin-up frocks with petticoats to two-piece tuxedos with tshirts, Coffs Harbour's brightest and most beautiful were on show for a stellar day of racing.
The main event of the day was cheered by the approximately 8,500 strong crowd, with eight-year-old gelding Pepperwood taking out first place in the Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
Winning jockey Danny Nikolic gave Coffs Harbour a first place of its own in his Coffs Cup acceptance speech.
"The Coffs Cup carnival is as good as any race in Melbourne and I love getting back here," he told the crowd.
"When I eventually retire from racing I wouldn't be surprised if I end up back here - it is such a lovely place."
Even sponsor Carlton United Breweries' spokesperson had something to say about the loveliness of Coffs Harbour.
"A special thank you to the ladies of Coffs Harbour, for dressing up so wonderfully," he said to a cheer from the crowd.
"It makes it really worth it to us to see people getting so involved in the day."
Check out the Coffs Coast Advocate in the upcoming days for more details on the 2012 Coffs Cup.