Lismore Cup race day on track
By Bree Price
What do you get when you combine 49,000 drinks with 11 cubic metres of ice, 110 bar and catering staff, 31 marquees, six public bars and 10,000 patrons?
Answer: The XXXX Gold Lismore Cup being held tomorrow at the Lismore Turf Club.
The turf club was abuzz with activity yesterday as workers prepared the site for Lismore's biggest racing day of the year.
Bars were being stocked, marquees erected and kitchens prepared.
Turf club secretary-manager Michael Timbrell said there hadn't been any hiccups. Even the weather forecast has been on-side.
"The prediction is for fine weather. I think it will be quite pleasant," Mr Timbrell said.
"All the fields have been finalised and we have 13 starters for the $40,000 XXXX Gold Lismore Cup, which we're happy enough with."
Former Wallaby Mark Ella and three-time K1 500m kayak world champion Nathan Baggaley will be special guests on the day.
Mr Timbrell said the Fashions on the Field competition had been moved forward in the day this year.
"Nominations close at 1.30pm and Fashions on the Field will be held after the race two pre- sentation so it doesn't eat into the day and everyone can enjoy it," he said.
The Best Dressed first prize is a return trip for two to Sydney with Rex Airlines with two nights' accommodation, with breakfast, at Rydges North Sydney, plus a $500 Lismore Square gift voucher.
Other categories include Best Contemporary Dress, Best Dressed Couple, Best Race Day Hat, and Best Race Day Eyewear.
Gates open at 11am. Entry is $15, no concessions.