Families and Fillies Frolic in the Winter Sun at Bassett Park

Race 4 at Bassett Park - Camarosa

Racegoers both young and young-at-heart were treated to great Winter weather and exciting racing at the Blinco’s Yard Service Fillies And Families Race Day at Bassett Park as the Roma Turf Club’s Winter Carnival drew to a close on Saturday July 22nd.

With families enjoying the Winter sunshine with picnics on the lawn and the jumping castle and inflatable obstacle course a huge hit with the kids, the 5-race programme delivered some close finishes with honours for the day evenly shared.

Race 1 at Bassett Park - Moraby Girl

Race 1 – Moraby Girl

The opening race saw the day’s biggest winning margin when first starter Moraby Girl kicked away to win the MAA Maiden Plate (1200m) by 1¾ lengths for apprentice Landan Sykes and Chinchilla trainer Leonard Mawn. Sykes was able to dictate terms out in front and was never headed in an all the way victory over Bindango and The Uprising in the time of 1:13.79.

Race 2 at Bassett Park - Eil 'N' All

Photo: Race 2 – Eil ‘N’ All

The next two races tested the judges when the Roma-trained Eil ‘N’ All scored in the Tillett Contracting BM55 Handicap (1200m) for apprentice Jacob Golden and trainer Scott Rodgers. In another front-running display, Golden was able to skip away to an early lead and hold off the fast finishing Clearly George by a short ½ head, with Karbors a half-length away in third place in 1:13.27. Then in the closest finish of the day, Shotgun Sonny saluted in the Suffcon BM65 Handicap (1000m) by a nose over Za Hidden Dragon and Office Jim just a neck away in third in 59.39. Apprentice Dylan Bennett had Shotgun Sonny racing handy mid-field before momentarily held up rounding the home turn and was able to take a narrow run in the straight inside Za Hidden Dragon, with Office Jim flashing down the centre of the track in an eye-catching run for third. Shotgun Sonny continued the good recent run at Bassett Park for Bennett and Roma trainer Craig Smith, having combined for wins at the past two Roma meetings with Keenzap.

Race 3 at Bassett Park - Shotgun Sonny

Photo: Race 3 – Shotgun Sonny

Toowoomba apprentice Tamara Noble only commenced race riding in May and was able to bring up career win number five in the Wild Desert 0-50 Handicap (900m) aboard Camarosa for Chinchilla trainer Rodney Hay in 53.20. Noble had Camarosa nicely placed just behind the leaders before taking the rails run to score by 1¼ lengths from Chayse ‘N’ Menari and Raspberry Bullets a nose away in third. In just two months, Noble has now ridden winners at Roma, Gayndah, Goondiwindi and Mungindi, including feature wins aboard the Pat Webster-trained Palate in the Boggabilla and Mungindi Cups.

Race 4 at Bassett Park - Camarosa

Photo: Race 4 – Camarosa

Saturday’s racing concluded with a well-judged ride from apprentice Tyler Leslight on Stampede Warrior for Barcaldine trainer Billy Johnson in the PTW Auto BMK60 Handicap (1640m). Leslight was able to settle Stampede Warrior just in behind the race leaders before taking the lead around 400 metres from home, going on to defeat Salazar by 1½ lengths and Impactful 1¼ lengths away in third in the time of 1:43.79.

Race 5 at Bassett Park - Stampede Warrior

Photo: Race 5 – Stampede Warrior

The Roma Turf Club’s next meeting will be the St John’s School Race Day on Saturday, August 19th. The race meeting will feature a 5-race programme for the annual fundraiser for the St John’s Parent & Friends Committee with tickets already on sale for the 2023 Fiesta de Santos Luncheon.

2023/24 R.T.C. memberships are also on sale now through the club website https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/romaturfclub?embed=1 – Single $85.00 and Couple’s $160.00

Race to www.romaturfclub.com.au for further information, or contact info@romaturfclub.org.au

Photo credits

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