THE precision planning is well under way; in just two weeks the Coffs Harbour Racing Club will host this year's Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.

An expected 8000 racegoers will descend on the race track on Thursday August 6; and their precision planning is also under way.

Hats are being matched to outfits, hair and make-up is being booked and last minute accessories are being put together. Many of those preparing the perfect outfit will be hoping to be among the prize winners in Park Beach Plaza's Fashions on the Field; among the prizes will be gift cards, Novotel Accommodation, fashion and beauty prizes, CUB and Treasury wines, flowers and racing club memberships.

Tickets to the big day are available to buy now. General admission is $20 plus a 1.5% credit card fee.

The gates will open at 11.30am, with the first race to start at 12.32pm.

If you're aged between 18 and 25, make sure you bring ID, as security will be inspecting at the entry gate, as well as all bar outlets. Security will also refuse entry to anyone they believe to be intoxicated.

The biggest rule of race day is don't drink and drive; there is always a heavy police presence on the day. While parking is available on site, public transport is the way to go. In the morning, standard public bus services will run from Park Avenue CBD and Sawtell/Toormina to the racecourse. From 4.15pm until 6.30pm, a bus service will run from Howard St at the racing club. Drop-off points for the return trip include the pick-up points, the Jetty strip, Park Beach Plaza, CBD, Sawtell, Toormina, Bayldon and Boambee East.



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