LISMORE'S CBD was reminiscent of a ghost town yesterday as thousands took advantage of the city's half-day holiday and hit the races.
Well-dressed racegoers flocked through the gates to catch all the excitement of the XXXX Gold Lismore Cup meeting.
Some were there to have a punt, while others were more interested in socialising and relaxing with a few (or a few too many) drinks.
Considering the party atmosphere, most patrons were well behaved and simply out to blow off a little steam.
Laura Sullivan, Tess Dardengo and Kara Wilson of Lismore were dressed to impress and said they were pleased with the cup's turn-out and the friendly atmosphere on course.
"It's been really hassle free. The high heels are a bit of a problem, though," Ms Dardengo joked.
Ms Sullivan said she was "loving life" and "would recommend this to anyone".
Like many younger adults in attendance, the races were mainly about "fashion and socialising" for Ms Wilson and her friends.
Mates Tom Eckert and Samuel Goode were all smiles when The Northern Star bumped into them
"It's such an excellent day - we're quite impressed," Mr Eckert, of Brisbane, said.
Mr Goode, of Lismore, agreed but hoped his luck would improve throughout the afternoon.
"I put a bet on Greyborghini to win just now, but that didn't go too well," he said.
However, the pair said they were quite happy mingling with the crowd and were looking forward to meeting a pretty lady or two.
Bookie Jim McDonald said many people had been relatively loose with their cash, but he hadn't noted any particular trends.
Police had a strong presence at the event and situated their mobile headquarters at the turf club's entrance.