This year’s Race Week in 1948 sounds like it was an exciting and eventful carnival!

Ozonic Girl won the Port Hedland Cup on Monday the 16th August 1948, ridden by J. Edwards.

The next race after the Cup, the District Handicap, was won by much-revered local jockey Mr McGuckin (affectionately known as Mac) on racehorse Driftwood.

Driftwood was obviously a feisty beast. During the same week, while McGuckin was hammering home in Thursday’s J.L. Stewart Handicap, Driftwood decided to throw him off on the turn, unfortunately aiming him straight into a pile of barbed wire! McGuckin ended up in hospital with abrasions & bruises and was discharged on the Monday. Undeterred by the fall, he was straight back in the saddle and racing again. A couple of weeks after the Port Hedland Races, he went on to win the 1948 Marble Bar Cup on plucky racehorse Sun Glo.

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Sources: 

Hedland News. (1948, August 19). Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75553923

Hedland News. (1948, August 26). Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75554029

Hedland News. (1948, September 30). Northern Times(Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 2. Retrieved http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75554603