Trainer Matt Kropp once again in the winner's circle at Roma Cup

Clare Adcock
Sally Gall
By Clare Adcock, and Sally Gall
Updated November 20 2021 - 10:22am, first published 9:00am

Around 5000 patrons flocked to Bassett Park on Saturday to make the most of the running of the 2021 Roma Cup on a sunny afternoon.

In an eventful afternoon for jockeys, Les 'Bubba' Tilley triumphantly greeted the judge first with favourite, Tears of Love, giving trainer Matt Kropp his fifth Roma Cup win in six years.

His first win was with Spice of Life, who still holds the track record for the distance, then back to back wins with A Touch More, followed by Scrabble's win last year.

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As Roma Turf Club spokesman Ranald Ferrier said, "he's fast becoming the Bart Cummings of the the track".

Tears of Love is owned by Rod and Jill Teevan, now of Toowoomba but formerly of Charleville and Roma.

The winning jockey, Bubba Tilley said a lot of people had told him to ride at the Gold Coast this weekend.

"Nothing beats the Roma Cup," he said.

Kropp was the most successful trainer on the day and Brooke Richardson the most successful jockey.

Ranald Ferrier said it had been a fantastic day and it was wonderful to see 5000 keen racegoers.

Check out our Fashions on the Field gallery, and see who we spotted on Friday night enjoying Bull-a-Roma and Rocking the RSL's live music night.

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Clare Adcock

Clare Adcock

Roma Journalist - Queensland Country Life

Sally Gall

Sally Gall

Senior journalist - Queensland Country Life/North Queensland Register

Based at Blackall, CW Qld, where I've raised a family, run Merino sheep and beef cattle, and helped develop a region - its history, tourism, education and communications.

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