THERE'LL be no major changes to the format of the Taree Gold Cup Carnival next year according to Taree-Wingham Race Club chairman Greg Coleman.
Mr Coleman, who is in his first year as club chairman, was ecstatic about the success of the two day carnival along with the calcutta held at the Winning Post Function Centre on Saturday night.
"We're always looking to improve things and we'll have a debrief this week, but I couldn't be happier with the way everything went,'' Mr Coleman said.
He admitted the club was blessed by perfect weather for the cup day. This resulted in an excellent crowd - up around 15 per cent on previous years, attending.
"The crowd tends to spead out more these days,'' he said.
"At first I thought it was down a bit, but when everyone came out to watch the races - especially the cup - you could see we had a lot of people there.''
"All our corporate areas were well attended while the bar takings were solid,'' he said.
He added that the crowd was well behaved, with no major incidents reported.
Mr Coleman said the appearance of Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman at the calcutta along with media personality Tommy from Campbelltown and Ross McDonald, the trainer of Weekend Hussler, helped swell the crowd to 190. It had been the club's aim to increase the profile of the calcutta this year.
Mr Coleman said Freedman has indicated he'd be happy to come back next year if his commitments allow.
"We had full fields for Friday's meeting while our turnover for the cup meeting was $1.5 million, which is up on what we expected,'' Mr Coleman said.
He said there might be some tweaking with the cup program, however, the two day carnival with the cup on the Sunday will remain in place for the forerseeable future.
The cup was worth $60,000 and he expects it to carry a similar amount next year, although Racing NSW has indicated there will be a prizemoney increase across the State in 2014.
Mr Coleman also acknowledged the support from Group Three Rugby League, with this year's carnival not clashing with semi-finals for the first time in some years.
One of the first things he did when taking over as chairman last year was to meet with group officials in a bid to avoid the clash. Two final round Group Three matches were played on the Saturday, with one game at Port Macquarie on the Sunday.
"I'm hoping that will be the case next year,'' he said.