About Roma Races

Roma Races is collaborative project brought to you by the Roma Picnic Race Club and Roma Turf Club with the aim of promoting thoroughbred racing events in the Roma district.

Roma is renowned for its country racing and could be mistaken for being the racing capital of Queensland.

Located 550 kilometres west of Brisbane and Roma is the hub of the Maranoa. The Carnarvon ranges rise in the distance to the north and the rivers feeding into the Murray Darling Basin all begin their journeys here.

Race Meets

There are ten Race Meetings a year with the Roma Picnic Races and Roma Cup along with Rugby Race day, featuring as major events on the racing calendar. Two of these are TAB listed so we have a following in Cameroon apparently and among the rellos in New Zealand, of course.

The Roma Picnic Race Club holds the annual prestigious Roma Picnic Races. (March) Often dressed to the nines in the latest season’s race fashions, the crowds come to experience the transformation from an outback town into country sophistication  steeped in time-honoured tradition.

An Annual Black Tie Ball is held on the night before the race meet to kick-start the weekend.

The Roma Turf Club holds nine races a year with the “Roma Cup Race Carnival” being the most dynamic event on south-west Queensland’s social calendar.

The Carnival is an action-packed meet in the true spirit of country racing and the locals know how to throw a good party. Just don’t forget your swag!

Fashion on the field is taken extremely seriously at the various race meets with the “coat and tie” dress standard is refreshingly maintained. We do experience exceptions, and our dress police are happily relaxed

Bassett Park Race Track

Bassett Park Race Track is located on the northern edge of town, 2 kilometres from the town centre. The sand racetrack is surrounded by beautiful grounds. Mostly green, mostly bordered by petunias.  Climate change wreaking a bit of havoc with our gardening efforts.

All amenities are provided at the racetrack from bar and food, air-conditioned Members Bar and oncourse TAB and Eftpos.

There is plenty of green space for the kids to run around or spread out a picnic rug under the shady gums trackside.

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