The Roma Turf Club winter carnival started in fine fashion with last Saturday’s Rugby race day. With the support of visiting boarding schools and a large crowd on hand to witness the racing, rugby and ladies winter fashions, the day proved to be an outstanding success.
On the racing front, the honours were very much shared with 6 different trainers and jockeys having 6 individual winners. The highlight racing wise was the win of Deb’s Ellie a first starter from the Matt Kropp stable winning the Rugby Slipper and taking home around $20,000 in prizemoney with the QTIS bonuses with jockey Isabella Rabjones in the saddle. Roma trainer Craig Smith won the trainer of the day award with a win and 2 thirds, the winner being the impressive Maiden winner Craig and Hoff, who Craig races in partnership with Rod Hoffman. The jockey of the day went to Toowoomba based apprentice Olivia Webb who had a winner and 2 seconds on the program, the winner being Nick the Skip from the Shane Iverson stable in Charleville. Begin winner of race 2 gave trainer/jockey combination of Kim and Shane McGovern a welcome wedding anniversary present coming from last early in the race to win. Roma Echnidas notched up success in both Rugby matches to cap off a successful day.
While VJ Day could not bring home the main prize in the Battle of the Bush final he was able to finish a gallant second for St George trainer Pat Webster.
This Saturday racing in the Downs Country heads to Morven while Saturday 9th July sees the return to Bassett Park for the second day of the winter carnival – the Roma State College Fillies and Family race day.
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