The Gold Coast Turf Club is adamant there’ll be no hangover from recent strikes as they prepare for the race that stops a nation.
Industrial action threatened to cancel live races at the turf club but crisis meetings from the State Government resulted in more prize money funds and put the horses back on the track for Melbourne Cup Day.
More than 7000 punters are expected to stroll through the gates at Aquis Park with live racing at the venue as well as entertainment, restaurants and a brand new betting auditorium.
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Gold Coast Turf Club CEO Steve Miles told MyGC their crowds have been up by about 20 per cent since the strike.
“Today, Gold Coast Cup Day and Magic Millions are typically our biggest days by way of volume,” he said.
“From a food and beverage perspective we’re expecting to take in well in excess of $500,000, these are the days we really need to get the return for the club.
“Because we’re a non-for-profit, whatever we make we tip back in to try and keep the facilities up to date.”
There are still tickets available for the races, they can be found here.
For all those looking for some “expert” tipping advice, Mr Miles told MyGC he’s tipping The Cliffsofmoher but warned punters not to “hang their hats on any of his tips”.
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) November 5, 2018