Racegoers applauded

Constable David Ford takes a look over the large crowd on Grafton Cup day.
Constable David Ford takes a look over the large crowd on Grafton Cup day. Adam Hourigan

CROWD behaviour at this year's Grafton Cup was "outstanding" and far better than past years, Grafton duty officer Inspector Murray Gillett said yesterday.

He said only 11 people were turned away from the Clarence River Jockey Club for being intoxicated and only two under-age people were denied entry.

"A very small handful were ejected for intoxication," he said.

"Later on in the evening we had two Grafton hotels breach licence conditions by serving intoxicated persons and they will be facing substantial fines.

"There were a few minor incidences where people who had been refused entry to premises refused to leave. Those people were issued with infringement notices."

He said police and officers from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing were very pleased with the way the event was run.

"The carnival will see many more years without problems if it keeps running this way," he said.

On the flipside, , numerous visitors complained that pubs shut early on Cup day.

"I had my mates here from Sydney, we went home to have dinner and went to have a few drinks but it was all over by 9.30pm; it was very embarrassing," said one Grafton man.

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