BIG DAY OUT: The XXXX Gold Lismore Cup drew a huge crowd to the Lismore Turf Club yesterday, with organisers labelling it a ?hu
BIG DAY OUT: The XXXX Gold Lismore Cup drew a huge crowd to the Lismore Turf Club yesterday, with organisers labelling it a ?hu

A heart-stopper event



RETURNING to the XXXX Gold Lismore Cup yesterday brought back special memories for Nick Rose and Naomi Kelly.

The pair, originally from Lismore and now living in Brisbane, met at the Cup seven years ago and will marry this Saturday.

"We had our first kiss here," beamed Naomi.

"It's like our anniversary. To us, race day is really special because I think that's where our relationship started."

Many more relationships will have no doubt blossomed at the Cup, which secretarymanager of the Lismore Turf Club, Michael Timbrell, described as the best ever.

"It was a great success," he said. "It just had a great atmosphere. The fashions and the colour were exceptional. The weather was perfect and it was just a really fun day. The crowd really got into it."

Mr Timbrell said the Cup was important for the region.

"Country cups like this are the backbone of country rac- ing," he said.

"If we didn't have a Lismore Cup as successful as it is, Lismore Turf Club would very seriously have to consider its viability. So a day like this allows us to continue racing for the next 12 months, and hopefully well into the future."

Crowd attendance was yet to be finalised, but estimates looked good.

"We're not sure if it's a record crowd, but we know the numbers are big," he said.

"Probably somewhere between 9000 and 10,000 people."

Mr Timbrell said he could not disclose the TAB turnover for the day, but admitted it was what the club had expected.

"It was significant figures," he said.

"We're talking in the millions, which is normal."

A first for the Cup was the public VIP marquee.

Mr Timbrell said tickets to that sold out two weeks before race day.

"Everyone in there, from all reports, were very happy and had a great time," he said.

"And we'll look at doing something like that on a bigger and better scale for next year."

Lismore police Inspector David Larkin said crowd behaviour at the Cup was reasonable. "But it's only early yet," he said, touching wood at 7 o'clock last night. It hasn't been too bad."

How was your Cup day?

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