Cup Day crowds well behaved

Police are pleased with the behaviour of a bumper crowd that packed Trentham Racecourse for the Wellington Cup.

A sunny day saw thousands head to the racecourse yesterday.

As the day wore on, several patrons were the worse for wear.

Bride-to-be Emma Baynes from Dunedin and her friends enjoy the Wellington Cup.
Bride-to-be Emma Baynes from Dunedin and her friends enjoy the Wellington Cup.

However, most were well behaved, and the atmosphere was relaxed.

Police Area commander Inspector Mike Hill said around six people were arrested during the day.

"It's been pretty good, probably one of the best years we've had in terms of behaviour, and in people putting a lid on how much they have to drink."

Dylan O'Connor, 20, from Wellington said he was pleased the sun came out after a gloomy morning.

"And I've won a bit of money too so it's been a good day."

A handful of people were treated for bumps and grazes in the first aid tent, the St John Ambulance said.

The 2400m Wellington Cup was won by stayer Six O'Clock News, ahead of Spiro and The Jungle Boy.

There was drama before the race when mare Peace Lily shed her jockey on the main track.

The spooked horse galloped back and forth in front on the main stand before a steward grabbed her reins.

Amanda Clark, who picked up the top prize in the mature women's category of Fashion in the Field, said she had enjoyed a great day.

"Wellington, or Upper Hutt, has really turned it on."

The Dominion Post