Following over 50 mm of rain on Friday afternoon and evening, there appeared little likelihood that the 2022 Surat Cup would be able to be contested. But as the skies cleared, the way was paved for the Surat Club to hold a betting meeting and outstanding social day on Saturday and with the support of Racing Queensland, the Roma Turf Club with the help of numerous volunteers and committee members was able to conduct the race meeting on Sunday and distribute $82,000 in prizemoney back to the racing industry. It is great to see the 2 clubs band together to support the industry.
The outstanding run of winners for female jockeys at Bassett Park meetings continued with the girls riding 15 of the last 16 winners on the sand. At one stage the ladies were aiming for 13 straight winners but Brendan Newport broke the male drought in bringing Charleville-based outsider, Badge of Gameness home first in the Surat Cup.
Dalby trainer Grant Arnold scored a winning double with apprentice Olivia Kendall riding both Zenia and She’s Ablazing to victory. Roma based Liv O’Donnell teamed with trainer Pat Webster to give Minted back to back sand track wins and Sophie Wilcock returned to the winners circle bookending the program with Candy Dawn for Wayne Baker and Kota Flyer for Chinchilla trainer Lenny Mawn.
Preparations are ramping up for the 2022 Royal on 99 Roma Cup which is just over 2 months away.
The Roma Turf Club is again looking at an outstanding race day with $175,000 on offer in prizemoney and QTIS bonuses.
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