WEAR PURPLE AND GET FREE ENTRY
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.