In 1969, the local Roma Town Council opened a brand new facility north of the town to accommodate racing in the district, previously held on a black soil track west of Roma.
The new, all weather sand track racecourse at Bassett Park was to become the home of the Roma Turf club – an amalgamation of the district’s existing racing groups, the Returned Soldiers, Hibernian and Wallumbilla Race Clubs.
The Roma Turf Club is now regarded as one of Racing Queensland’s strategic clubs, eight of the best and biggest country race meetings in Queensland including the Royal on 99 Roma Cup in November – the largest and richest meeting west of the Great Divide.
The Roma Picnic Races are held in March each year, starting with a ball on the Friday night and racing all day Saturday and into the night with live entertainment.
More information can be found by visiting www.romaraces.org.au.