IN THE LEAD: Christmas Cheer, ridden by Robert Faehr, noses out Rosie's Son in the second race of the 2018 Roma Picnic Races.
IN THE LEAD: Christmas Cheer, ridden by Robert Faehr, noses out Rosie's Son in the second race of the 2018 Roma Picnic Races. Alexia Austin

Racegoers entertained at Picnics

HUNDREDS of racegoers descended on Bassett Park for the iconic five-race program of the Roma Picnic Races on the weekend.

Punters enjoyed a day on the green, with a myriad of social activities to keep all entertained.

The event featured more than $60,000 in racing prize money, a sponsored lunch, an art and tea in the wool court event and the infamous Schooner Race, with celebrations at the racecourse running until midnight.

The Warner's Fine Jewellery Fashions on the Field proved to be a popular spectacle, with contestants competing for best look over five categories.

After the horses were stabled, punters took part in a different kind of track event, the Schooner Race, which saw competitors sprint down the track holding a schooner of beer and dressed in a schooner suit.

The first race of the day, the Hall Chadwick QTIS Maiden Plate, flew out of the gates at 1.30pm.

We're Blessed, ridden by Christopher Bryen, held on to an early lead to claim victory.

The second race, which was delayed due to an incident in the starting gates, was won by Christmas Cheer, ridden by Robert Faehr.

Kawana King and jockey Bridget Rooney took top honours in race three, narrowly beating Can He Rap on the final straight.

The main race of the day, the Royal on 99 open handicap, was won by Fab's Cowboy, ridden by Adin Thompson.

Jockey Robert Faehr snatched another win, riding San Severo into first place in the last race of the day.


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