GOLD Coast Turf Club Chiefs have denied claims that they have boosted security because of the heightened terror threat.
General Manager Richard Townson said today that security is always increased for the “race that stops the nation”.
The Turf Club will focus on creating a celebration for the entire community on Melbourne Cup day, catering for everyone from top-level corporate entertainers and professional punters, to partygoers, families, and fashionistas.
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Bookings for the club’s recently renewed multi-million dollar venues, officially opened for last year’s Melbourne Cup raceday, have been pouring in with more than 500 casual and permanent staff ready to provide catering extending from five-star fine dining to beer and burgers.
Mr Townson said he hoped between 8 and 10,000 would walk through the gates today.
He said “obviously we compete against everyone else on the Gold Coast and around the country for Melbourne Cup, but that leads straight into our big one which is obviously the Magic Millions, where we get upwards of 15,000 people”.
Bundall hosts the Magic Millions carnival in January.
Turf Club Chief Executive Grant Sheather said the club was now one of the best venues in the nation to host Melbourne Cup festivities other than Flemington.
“We now have a very good spread of high quality venues and put a lot of effort into catering at all levels for a melting pot of people who get together each year to celebrate the great race,” said Mr Sheather.
“If you put together our spectacular Surfers Paradise backdrop, live racing and up-market new venues you have a special Gold Coast racing package like no other in Australia.
Highlights of the day will include the Robina Town Centre Fashions on the Field Competition, with a black and white theme, and live entertainment.
Mr Sheather said the quality of club venues would encourage more people to dress up for the occasion.
“Our comfortable, luxurious venues are attracting more fashion-conscious people who love the glamour associated with Melbourne Cup raceday,” said Mr Sheather.
A full program of live racing will include the Gold Coast City Cup, which was postponed last month due to wet weather.
Fashions on the field registrations will be taken from 10 am and 12 with heats starting at 12.30 pm.