THE RACE TO ROMA SERIES SEES TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS TRAVELLING TO SOUTH-WEST QUEENSLAND TO JOIN IN THE FUN AT THE FAMILIES AND FILLIES FINAL.
'EVEN OUR FASHIONS ON THE FIELD IS FOR THE KIDS, BECAUSE OUR DAY IS FOR FAMILIES, ONE OF OUR TEACHERS CHOOSES THE BEST DRESSED BOY AND GIRL ON THE DAY WITH PRIZES FROM OUR LOCAL RETAIL BUSINESSES.'
Dive 250km west of Toowoomba to the country town of Roma you’ll find the 8000 residents taking their kids to the races for the community raceday event of the year, the Families and Fillies Day, which will make th Race to Roma Series final one for the whole family to enjoy.
In previous years, the race was called Footy and Fillies Day with a combination of the two sports Roma is renowned for; thanks to sporting legends Darren Lockyer, Artie Beetson, Willie Carne, Wally Fulleron Smith and gold medallist Emilee Cherry.
Held on July 27, the Race to Roma final also marks the 50th anniversary for the Roma Turf Club. The Roma Turf Club is an amalgamation of the Returned Soldiers Club, the Hibernian Club and the Wallumbilla Race Club. With meetings run on a black soil track until 1969, after the three clubs merged into Roma Turf Club, racing commenced on the all-weather sand track racecourse at Bassett Park.
The newly named Families and Fillies Day is also part of the Country Winter Racing Carnival; Rugby Raceday, Cities RLFC races and concludes at the Roma State College Families and Fillies Day, which is the club’s second TAB meeting allocation for the year.
The Race to Roma final will see an increase in prizemoney this year to $30,000, taking the six-race TAB program to a series worth $123,000 (including QTIS bonuses) in prizemoney.
Roma Turf Club President Brett Ashney said, “The second TAB meeting of the series, the Roma State College Families
and Fillies Day is a great afternoon for the kids spent face painting, playing in the sandpit and watching the horses gallop around the track.
"The day is part of our Winter Carnival, which is three meetings, as well as the Race to Roma final.
"This is a big social day with families travelling to it and enjoying the day alongside our locals."
With an increase in prizemoney a further incentive to visit the race, it’s the excitement and laid-back atmosphere of the raceday that makes it perfect for a carefree day in the sun.
Roma Turf Club member of 45 years and former Club president Ranalby Ferrier said, “We certainly get a strong local support and the local families really enjoy the family friendly day".
“It’s very beneficial to all the businesses in town too, with increase trade in fuel, restaurants and the motels,” he said.
With plenty of fun for the whole family with a focus on the kids entertainment, including a 12m-tall inflatable slide, a giant jumping castle and Fashions on the Field for the littlies, has the whole town looking forward to the day.
Article By Casey Arden