PHOTOS: Ipswich Cup racing, fashion and social action
THERE were more than 200,000 drinks shared among 20,000 race-goers at Ipswich Cup on Saturday making it the biggest meeting in Queensland and the biggest of its kind in the country.
What was expected to be Ipswich's biggest event of the year surpassed expectations as the marquees and infield overflowed with punters.
On the track, Ipswich went international as race four winner, the Sheikh of Dubai's horse, Revenire made history with Melbourne Cup winner jockey Corey Brown.
Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said it was a win for local racing.
"Corey flew from Singapore to Ipswich to ride the Sheikh of Dubai's horse, it was quite something," he said.
"We're rapt the community came out and supported us again, it was great attendance.
"One police officer who has worked at the Cup for 14 years said it was the best behaved crowd he's ever seen, which is great."
While the crowd numbers didn't beat the 2011 record of 24,000, Mr Kitching said he was thrilled to see more than 20,000 people enjoy the race day.
"While other race meets around Australia are seeing declines in attendances we are seeing a rise in numbers which is great," he said.
"It just shows how much the event does for the community of Ipswich."