SUNNY and a top temperature of 23 degrees.
That's the perfect winter weather forecast for Coffs Harbour on our Gold Cup Carnival race days tomorrow and Thursday.
The Coffs Harbour Racing Club lawns, gardens and track are looking a picture too, as a small army of workers prepares for the invasion of punters and revellers ready to let their hair down.
Westlawn's Sportsman's Breakfast from 7am to 10am kicks off Wednesday's festivities with appearances by 1994 Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Wayne Harris, race callers Wayne Wilson and Rod Fuller, TV personality Mike Rabbitt, former Wallaby Jeremy Paul, league great Gorden Tallis, comedian Mick Meredith and Rally Australia's Michael Masi.
Then at 11am, the gates will open for the Cabcharge Sportsman's Race Day and its seven-race card.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the race crowds will be off to the Pier Hotel for the Gold Cup Calcutta. The evening will support the Coffs Harbour surf club and the draw is at 8pm. Then it's the big one on Thursday – the Carlton MID Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, with gates opening at 11am for the eight-race program.
Parking restrictions will be in place, with Hogbin Drive access and a gold coin donation to the SES and restricted access to Howard St. Tickets are $20 and advance purchase is $17.50 but under 18s will be denied entry.
The Carlton Clydesdales will be trackside and Gorden Tallis and Jeremy Paul will be joined by rugby league legend Laurie Daley. Plus, all the glamour of the Park Beach Plaza Fashions on the Field.
The final Coffs Harbour Gold Cup field has been released – and don't miss the Advocate's special Cup Day feature in Thursday's paper.