WE LOVE our cup.
Amid the noise, pounding horse hooves and squashed trodden beer cans, the punters at Lismore Cup race day showed their love by dressing up to the nines in their cup clothes and stepping out for a good time.
Beth Power, of Lismore, wore her finest Roaring Twenties outfit for Fashions on the Field and placed a $5 bet on number 20 in Race 2.
For the 27 bookies, it is all about the betting.
Bookmaker Graeme Cook, 63, has been to eight Lismore Cups, except last year when a heart operation meant he had to leave the bets in the safe hands of partner and bookie Kerrie Borjer.
“I don't consider myself a gambler,” Mr Cook said. “I am a risk manager.”
The punters, it seems took less risks.
“People are betting less, $20 punters are betting $5,” he said.
“The economic crisis has seen a 10 per cent decrease in the volume of bets.”
Mr Cook's biggest bet of the day at the 2009 Lismore Cup was $1700.
Even if they were betting less, the punters' enthusiasm for bookies at yesterday's Cup was undiminished.
Punter Beppi Santin, of Richmond Hill, took his time before each race and checked the odds board, which he said he preferred to placing a bet at the TAB.
Ben Birney, of Casino, said whoever had the best odds got his bet, but if the odds were the same he chose the local bookie.
Thousands of people arrived on free shuttle buses travelling between the Lismore CBD and the racecourse.
Manager of Lismore Turf Club Michael Timbrell was pleased with the turnout given the state of the course after Wednesday's dust storm.
“Numbers were close to 7000,” he said.