Good crowd behaviour has races on right track
THE party mood and Black Caviar's 14th straight win were among the highlights of the Emerald 100 with good crowd behaviour the most talked about aspect of the big day.
Emerald Jockey Club president Leon Roberts said the well behaved crowd made for a great day.
"It was one of our best Emerald 100s we've had over the past three to four years," Leon said.
"It was the best result with an estimated 3700 people. Numbers were up by about 500 from last year.
"The track was in perfect order and the grounds were in excellent condition."
Leon described the crowds as colourful as the women turned in a vast array of colours with pink and citrus tones proving most popular.
"It was a party mood and the crowd was well behaved, all enjoying themselves," he said.
"The highlight was the big field and the Emerald 100 race itself was spectacular."
Acting officer-in-charge Sergeant Terry McCullough was also very pleased with the race day that stops Emerald.
"After the tragic events of last year, the race club reviewed their arrangements for this year's Emerald 100 with assistance from Liquor Licensing and the Queensland Police Service," he said.
"Results were this year's event had a much lower level of intoxication of patrons which reflected a much better standard of behaviour.
"Only one liquor ticket was issued at the races, the rest of the arrests were not at the racetrack."
The Emerald squad was helped out on Saturday with officers from Rockhampton's Tactical Crime Squad, Brisbane's Random Drug Testing Unit, Blackwater, Springsure, Capella and the traffic branch all lending a hand.
As a result one person was arrested on two drug charges, five drink drivers were stopped, 13 infringement notices were handed out and 153 random breath tests were conducted. In addition to that, four people were arrested for public nuisance, three for disorderly behaviour in a licensed premises, two people received liquor infringement notices and two drivers were charged with drink driving.
"By serving mid-strength liquor, people seemed to enjoy the races and the evening's entertainment without becoming so grossly intoxicated," Sgt McCullough said.