6000 turn out for fun and fashion

SPREYTON'S Tapeta Park was host to more than 6000 Devonport Cup racegoers yesterday.

Races were delayed by about 40 minutes after incidents during race 1, leading organisers to fear that   revellers would flood the single tavern after on-site liquor licences ended at 6pm. The last race ran at the same time.

Race committee member Ross Jones still labelled the day ``very satisfactory''.

``All our income depends on this day, so it's important it goes well,'' Mr Jones said.

For many at the races, the day was as much about socialising with friends  as watching horses.

Launceston man Jack Murphy spent the day with friends and younger brother Lewis.

A last-minute decision to hit the stage for Fashions on the Field proved fruitless.

``I thought I'd go for an out-there look,'' Mr Murphy said.

Ashley Evans, of Launceston, enjoyed his holiday from work by having a flutter at the races.

His former schoolmate Hayley Cook used her university break to stay with friends based in the North-West.

Her fluorescent dress received a second running after its outing at a ball last year.

One man's sage advice to his girlfriend was well-received by eavesdroppers.

``I told you not to get gravy on your chips and dagwood dog: it could fall on your dress,'' he said.

Medical Edge Australia worker Clare Brown said first aid attendants had band-aids at the ready for women with staggeringly high heels.

``We mostly get blisters from inappropriate footwear,'' she said.

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