PUNTERS from right across Gawler, and beyond, packed into the various pubs and restaurants around town yesterday afternoon to watch the running of the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
Fancy dresses and fascinators were sighted at the Golden Fleece, The Exchange and the Kingsford Hotel, to name a few.
Both Golden Fleece manager Brad Johanson and The Exchange manager James Parker said their establishments received solid turnouts for the occasion.
“We’ve had around 60 bookings for the cup, but we usually get a few walk-ins so we expect the same sort of number as last year,” Mr Johanson said.
“We have the food and the big screen, as well as a best dressed competition and sweepstakes.”
Mr Johanson said while the cup isn’t the hotel’s busiest day on the calendar, it still brings a crowd.
“It doesn’t compete with Mother’s Day, but Melbourne Cup day is still a worthwhile day for us,” he said.
Mr Parker said The Exchange had a bumper Melbourne Cup compared to years prior.
“This year has bucked the trend a bit, we’ve ended up with about 73 booked in the restaurant,” he said.
For Kingsford Hotel manager Tony Harnett, Melbourne Cup day is huge.
“It’s an extremely busy day, it’s probably our busiest day of the year,” he said.
“A lot of people get very excited about the cup, it’s a great place to come and watch it.”