Cup Day ranks as one of the best

Perfect weather, a huge crowd and a jovial atmosphere combined to make Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Day one to remember.
Perfect weather, a huge crowd and a jovial atmosphere combined to make Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Day one to remember. Trevor Veale

AS FAR as Coffs Cup statistics go, this one could take some beating.

Local cabbies estimate they moved a whopping 7000 people, fielding and completing as many as 1410 tasks from 10am to midnight on Thursday.

Coffs Harbour Taxis manager Kevin McKenzie was impressed with the relative smoothness of the massive operation.

“The punters were excellent, the people were patient, considerate and understanding,” Mr McKenzie said.

“The drivers did an extremely good job and we had no dramas.

“Our radio room operators also deserve a huge accolade for being able to steer cabs around.

“Cup Day is our biggest day of the year and most people were picked up in a reasonable timeframe.”

Russ Atkinson, the Coffs Harbour Racing Club CEO, is another who is cheering.

“The crowd was one of the best-behaved I have seen.

"It was a very jovial mood and everyone was enjoying themselves,” Mr Atkinson said.

“I believe there were a couple of incidents but with a crowd that size that's to be expected.

“There were a few minor things but generally the feedback is very positive.”

Mr Atkinson estimated an attendance of 8500, which he said was slightly up on last year's.

Local police charged 13 people with drink-driving from 500 breath tests in their Cup Day blitz.

This compares with 18 drink-drivers from 774 breath tests on the same day last year.

Senior officers say the racetrack crowd was generally well behaved but a number of revellers were arrested later that night in the CBD for anti-social behaviour and assault.

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