The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW ELKERTON [email protected]­lyex­am­iner.com.au

RAC­ING: While Hal­loween might be all about dress­ing up in your scari­est cos­tume in an at­tempt to earn some treats, Clarence River Jockey Club ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michael Beat­tie is giv­ing pun­ters a whole new rea­son to dress up to­day.

The jockey club will be throw­ing the gates of the Grafton Race­course wide open to­day to any­one wear­ing pur­ple as they aim to cel­e­brate the com­mu­nity spirit of the Jacaranda Car­ni­val run­ning this week.

That’s right, throw on your best pur­ple threads and you get in for free.

“We get a lot of vis­i­tors in town this time of year and a lot of lo­cals are about, so this is a great time to cel­e­brate,” Beat­tie said. “This just adds to the fun that is the Jacaranda Car­ni­val.

“In the years when the Jacaranda Cup falls in the car­ni­val week the crowds have his­tor­i­cally been bet­ter, so I would like to think we will get a rea­son­able crowd on Tues­day.

“There is not a lot on as far as the car­ni­val is con­cerned so it is a great day for us to be rac­ing.”

A meet­ing that has in the past fea­tured the time-hon­oured Jacaranda Cup show­piece, will in­stead be high­lighted by the Jacaranda Cup Pre­lude with the main fea­ture run­ning at the race­course next week.

“The Jacaranda Cup will be run the week af­ter Jacaranda week this year un­for­tu­nately, but we were lucky enough to get a race day dur­ing the week and we thought this meet­ing would be a great chance to cel­e­brate the fes­tiv­i­ties at the track,” Beat­tie said.

“The qual­ity of the meet­ing is as good as we could pos­si­bly hope for.

“There is eight races across the pro­gram (and) ca­pac­ity fields in every race.

I could not be hap­pier.

“Lets hope the Jacaranda Car­ni­val brings some pur­ple luck to the pun­ters.”

This just adds to the fun that is the Jacaranda Car­ni­val — CRJC’s Michael Beat­tie


COME ONE, COME ALL: Jock­eys Olivia Pick­er­ing and Kasie Stan­ley with CRJC CEO Michael Beat­tie pro­mote free en­try to the races if you wear pur­ple.

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