Thursday 10.35am: THE Lismore Cup Day is about to begin, but how can you get there?
The Lismore Turf Club provides FREE courtesy buses to and from the track. So why not take advantage of this and save the hassle of finding a park at the track.
Simply park in 1 of 3 local car parks (Spinks park - Transit centre, Workers Club car park - Trevans Bus Zone, Crowther car park - Woodlark st Bus Zone) and get dropped off at the gate.
Busses will be running from 12 noon until 1.30pm from the CBD to the track, and from 4.30pm to 6pm from the track to the CBD.
Thursday 10.00am: THE Northern Star racing tipsters have installed Skytrek and Meteorologist as the favourites to take out today's $60,000 Lismore Cup at 5.10pm.
Pagemasters' Brett Milley and Matthew Perkins both have Meteorologist as their picks, while AAP's Jack Smallhorn has nominated Skytrek as the horse to back in the Cup.
Skytrek won at its last outing in Ballina on September 7 over 1900m so should be able to handle the Cup distance of 2100m.
Meanwhile, Meteorologist finished second and won at its last outing over 2200m at Warwick Farm.
Both horses were listed as the early favourite with bookmakers.
For more form, tips, racing colours and Cup previews pick up a copy of today's The Northern Star which includes a comprehensive 8-page race guide with extensive coverage of the Lismore Cup carnival.
Wednesday 4.03pm: The horses are ready, the track is ready, tents and marquees are up and the sun looks set to shine on Lismore as the 2017 Lismore Cup heats up.
Lismore Turf Club events co-ordinator Tarlia Standing said there was a bit of a buzz around this year's cup due to it coinciding with the 10th biennial Lismore Workers Masters Games.
"Masters games competitors will get free entry," Mrs Standing said.
She said that could mean up to 1600 extra punters on the field for the day.
"We love the buzz of cup week as you watch the grounds transform with activity in preparation for the big day," she said.
"The preparation has been excellent and the weather is looking to be kind.
"It is the big social day of the year and it is more important than ever as the town recovers from the flood."
The VIP tent has sold out as well as track side tables all being sold out.
Mrs Standing said the Entertainers Marquee was filling quickly and the hotly contested Fashions on the Field is sure to be a point of major interest.
There will be eight races with the first race at 12:50pm, while Fashions on the Field registrations will take place from 11am.
The first judging will be at 1:30pm in four categories including Best Dress Woman, Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Man, and Best Millinery.
Entry at the gate is $20 with gates opening at 11am.
There will be a free shuttle bus service to the racecourse every 10 minutes starting from noon and after the races from 4:30pm.
Check online at northernstar.com.au to see our photo galleries from the day, including social photos and Fashions on the Field.