After a cool start to the day on Sunday, the sun finally came out to shine on the last day of the Clarence River Jockey Clubs, July racing carnival.
President of the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) Graeme Green said that it had once again been a fantastic carnival.
“We’ve been blessed with really good weather, the crowds have been excellent and very few, if any, incidents,” said Mr Green.
“It’s great to see the young people very well behaved.
“We’ve had great security throughout the venue and it’s been great racing from the first day of the carnival,” he said.
“All of the top trainers from Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and the tablelands were represented at this year’s carnival.
“The crowd numbers have been comparable to recent years and we’ve had great participation,” he said.
“We have a changing culture within the carnival over recent years from a drinking culture to more of a family friendly atmosphere and culture.
“Grafton ShoppingWorlds ‘Fashions on the Field’ which ran every day throughout the carnival, has been very popular and well supported by race goers.
“The last day of the carnival on Sunday (the Maclean Cup), was the children’s ‘Fashions on the Field’, which gave the tiny tots to teenagers an opportunity to show off their race outfits.”
Mr Green said that Sunday’s Maclean Cup was bigger than last year’s event and that the CRJC is continuing to build on the partnership which they have with the Maclean Bowling Club.
“We’ve had great support from the Lower River,” said Mr Green.