Photos: Waikato Times Gold Cup

Fashion in the Field winners Eleanor Campbell , Alisha Maxwell and Christine Verrion-Clarke.
Fashion in the Field winners Eleanor Campbell , Alisha Maxwell and Christine Verrion-Clarke.
Fashion in the Field winners Natalie Sangster and Ashley Mariu.
Fashion in the Field winners Natalie Sangster and Ashley Mariu.
Fashion in the Field contestants strut their stuff for the judges.
Fashion in the Field contestants strut their stuff for the judges.
Natalie Sangster, left and Kylie Bax present the Fashions in the Field.
Natalie Sangster, left and Kylie Bax present the Fashions in the Field.
More Than Sacred, winner of the Waikato Times Gold Cup.
More Than Sacred, winner of the Waikato Times Gold Cup.
The presentation of the Waikato Times Gold Cup.
The presentation of the Waikato Times Gold Cup.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing ambassador Kylie Bax presents a prize to the winner of the Diamond Jewellers Best Dressed Man competition, Richard Fulton.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing ambassador Kylie Bax presents a prize to the winner of the Diamond Jewellers Best Dressed Man competition, Richard Fulton.
Bernadette Kirkham, Kristine Clarke, Greg Purcell and Karyn Fenton-Ellis.
Bernadette Kirkham, Kristine Clarke, Greg Purcell and Karyn Fenton-Ellis.
Te Awamutu's Lauren Meacheam, Greer Cliff, Tabatha Brill and Renee Voorend.
Te Awamutu's Lauren Meacheam, Greer Cliff, Tabatha Brill and Renee Voorend.
Winner of The Port Boutique Best Hat competition Alisha Maxwell, left, and runner-up Courtney Newdick.
Winner of The Port Boutique Best Hat competition Alisha Maxwell, left, and runner-up Courtney Newdick.
Fashion in the Fields winner Eleanor Campbell, left, and runner up Christine Verrion-Clarke.
Fashion in the Fields winner Eleanor Campbell, left, and runner up Christine Verrion-Clarke.
Fairfax Media Waikato commerical managaer Sean Stephens, right, presents the Waikato Times Gold Cup  to the winning owner's representative, Michael Tidmarsh.
Fairfax Media Waikato commerical managaer Sean Stephens, right, presents the Waikato Times Gold Cup to the winning owner's representative, Michael Tidmarsh.
The crowds enjoyed the warm December sunshine.
The crowds enjoyed the warm December sunshine.

One of the biggest racing crowds in recent memory was on hand to witness Cambridge galloper More Than Sacred claim Saturday's Waikato Times Gold Cup at Te Rapa. Racegoers of all ages packed the Hamilton racecourse, with Waikato Racing Club general manager Ken Rutherford yesterday reporting crowd numbers had reached 10,000.

Mr Rutherford praised racegoers for their conduct, with no problems of any note reported.

"Tremendous crowd and we're rapt with how the day went off," Mr Rutherford said.

"The crowd was well behaved which was good, and the feedback we received was that overwhelmingly everyone had a great time and they'd be back again next year.

"Our turnover was slightly down on last year, which was a bit of a surprise, but there were a couple of big-priced winners in the middle of the day, which wouldn't have helped that.

"Overall though, we're really pleased. Waikato Times Gold Cup day continues to be known as Waikato's iconic racing party."

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