$3.2 mil Cup day splurge
By Tony White
TAB punters splurged $3.2 million on yesterday's Grafton Cup meeting.
More than $1.2 million alone was bet on the Grafton Cup.
The turnover was down on last year's record meeting continuing a trend throughout NSW racing since the Sky Channel, TVN broadcast wars.
And mail on the grapevine suggests one of the biggest tote players in NSW, who bet millions through the tote commission rooms each week, has recently left the racing industry.
Last year's meeting attracted $3.5 million overall and $1.3 million on the Cup.
Clarence River Jockey Club chairman Bob Pavitt said the broadcast wars, a lack of depth in the support races and the late scratching of a favourite in an earlier race, were all contributing factors.
"We would have liked it to be more but it's still a pretty huge turnover," Pavitt said.
"Last year we jumped over $1 million which was an abnormal increase.
"We (the club) can't understand the lack of quality in the support races, the numbers were certainly there, but the fields are very good for Sunday's Maclean Cup meeting which has TAB status this year."
Pavitt said on the first four days of the carnival overall Tab turnover was down $1.5 million.
TAB turnover on Ramornie Day (Wednesday) was $2.5 million ($3.1m last year), last Sunday $1.5 million and $1.3 million last Thursday.