“Everyone gets along and helps each other out,” Brand said.
“If you have got one too many on your truck going to the races you can always chuck that one on with someone else.
“There is never 50 horses working on the track at the one time in the mornings, you can take your horses out there and take your time, really get to know them and make sure they work properly.”
New facilities have been built, more prize money is on offer and massive crowds are regularly on hand at the sand track in 2021.
In the process, the Roma Cup has developed into one of the most popular regional race days in Queensland over the last couple of decades.
But it was not always that way.
As the club’s co-president Flynn explains, there has been a concerted effort over the years to build the occasion into what it is in 2021.
“In the last 1990s we were probably drawing a crowd of about 1,000 to 1,500 people,” Flynn remembers.
“Over a period of time we decided to make the Cup a little more popular and more of a place to go for people and in a period of 10 years we got the numbers up from 1,500 up to 10,000.
“It was a fairly significant event in 2010 when we got to that number and in the 10 or so years since, we have peaked at around 8,000-10,000.
“With COVID, we were down to 2,000 in 2020 and in 2021, we were hoping for around 5,000.”
While the Roma Cup is a one day event for many of the thousands of punters at Bassett Park, for the team behind the local turf Club, it is months of planning and organising to deliver the product.
“We probably look at starting organisation wise four months before the day itself, mainly checking on previous sponsors and checking on facilities to make sure the infrastructure are up to date,” club co-president Flynn said.
“And, then, looking at the massive amount of tents and infrastructure that we need to import for the weekend.
“There is a deal of work that goes into setting up the Cup.”
The 2021 Roma Cup also ran a bit smoother than others in the past.
“One of the things we lay claim or fame too is that at one of our Roma Cups, the town actually ran out of petrol,” Flynn said with a chuckle.
“At that stage before the resource boom, there was only two service stations in town and by Sunday afternoon, they had run out of petrol.”