Winner of U4 best dressed Lena and Miley Mansfield.
Winner of U4 best dressed Lena and Miley Mansfield. Alexia Austin

Fun for all at footy and fillies day

A large crowd turned out on Saturday to enjoy blue skies, quality racing and some family fun at the Footy and Fillies Race Day at Bassett Park.

The event, hosted by the Roma State School P&C in conjunction with the Carnarvon Cubs and Maranoa Netball Juniors, began the morning with under-8 and U6 rugby leagueand netball matches, which drew a throng of supporters.

Following this the horses took to the field and all bets were on, with the Ezyquip Maiden Plate kicking off just before 1pm.

In a first for the race day, all events were broadcast on the Sky Channel for those outside of Roma to enjoy, which added to the prestige of the six-race event.

Parents were free to enjoy the race atmosphere, with a blow-up obstacle course, sand pit and colouring-in station at the ready to amuse the youngsters.

In the Ezyquip Maiden Plate, Grand Edgeroi snuck in by a nose to beat Charlie's Dust.

Dawn Fighter reigned supreme in the Brennors BenchMark 50 Handicap and in Race 3 Echoing beat Harvey Dent by a body length.

Race 4 had Tapestry Vision outpace the field to win gold and, in the final event of the day, the Roma State School race was won by a horse with a fitting moniker, Gud Onya.

Race 5 was the finale of the Roads to Roma race, an event that had six qualifying rounds in the past month.

With riders competing for a slice of $30,000, the competition was always going to be fierce.

In the end, Crawfish had the stamina to beat nearest competitors Fast Fella and Repo Zest to take the title in front of a roaring home crowd.

Overall the day struck a perfect note, with fun activities for the kids and great food and bet-making for the adults, and a little local music carried the relaxed atmosphere into the evening.

Check out the gallery below for more pictures from the day.

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