Meet the gentle giants of the Cup
MEET Jack, Murphy, Clancey and Andy – big ambassadors for what promises to be a big Carlton MID Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
The Carlton & United Breweries clydesdales are turning plenty of heads as they tour our city in the lead-up to tomorrow's feature day of the carnival.
Each horse is a whopping 18 hands high and weighs in at 850 kilograms but don't let their immense proportions fool you – they're incredibly gentle and love attention.
“They are very good-natured for such a large animal.
"They are quite comfortable around people,” said clydesdale team manager Glen Pate.
“Since 1864 Carlton has never been without clydesdales in the brewery.
"We have a long history of clydesdales – they were the traditional delivery horses for beer.
“They're a Scottish breed originally, very popular in Australia.
"A lot of clydesdales were bred in Australia.”
Mr Pate and his crew – complete with Cassie the dalmatian – have a happy association with the Coffs Cup and they couldn't think of a better place to be at this time of year.
“It's terrific to be in Coffs.
"We've had a few trips in the past and people love the atmosphere and seeing the horses.
"It's one of our favourite trips.”
They've scheduled several ‘watering' stops at Coffs Harbour pubs today ahead of their appearance tomorrow on the track in the lead up to the Cup.