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1972 – The Great Deluge and a Helicopter Rescue

A massive rainfall just in time for Cup Day in 1972 left the track so sopping wet that the Cup was nearly called off – an unthinkable act! Club President Jack Haynes and the Port Hedland Port Authority leapt into action to save the day, deploying one of the Port Authority’s helicopter pilots to … (read more →)


1970 or 71 – After the Race

One of the Healey family’s horses “Lite Bronze”, glistening with sweat straight after a race!

Several generations of the Healey family are renowned throughout WA and the Pilbara for their achievements in racing and training. 

Pictured: Lite Bronze after a race at the Port Hedland Racecourse, being held by Basil Bennet who is talking to horse owner Len … (read more →)


1962 – Mr Arnold Carter attended his first Port Hedland Cup Day

…and has gone on to attend Cup Day every single year since (bar one), right up to the present day!

Arnold is an historic figure in Port Hedland and has been a driving force in the Turf Club since the 60s.


1951 – McGuckin shines again at the Port Hedland Race Week!

Local jockey and trainer A. “Mac” McGuckin was front and centre again at the 1951 races, riding 6 winners himself and also coming home as the leading trainer to boot!

Avergne was ridden to victory in the Port Hedland Cup by Fred Wilson.

Full article below!


Port Hedland Race Week. (1951, August 30). Northern Times(Carnarvon, WA : 1905 … (read more →)


1949 – Article in the Northern Times: Race Week

Hedland News. (1949, July 21). Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 7. Retrieved from


This week end will be a very gay one for all Hedland folk. It is our annual race week which everyone looks forward to every  … (read more →)


1948 – Racegoers at the Port Hedland Cup

Some great pictures from the 1948 Races! Check out the gorgeous 40s fashions on the ladies, and the Stocker boys in their fedoras chatting up the stylish girls from Perth.

AT THE PORT HEDLAND RACES. (1948, September 2).Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), p. 38. Retrieved from

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1948 – McGuckin jockey gets thrown into barbed wire!

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 … (read more →)

1948 – Ozonic Girl won the Port Hedland Cup


1935 – Article in The West Australian: Race Ball at Port Hedland

Race Ball at Port Hedland. (1935, September 7). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from

Race Ball at Port Hedland

THE Annual Race Meeting of the Port Hedland Racing Club last week-end was the signal for numerous social activities. On August 23, a very successful dance was held … (read more →)


1934 – Article in the Western Mail: the Race Week Entertainment Committee!

The Port Hedland Race Week Entertainment Committee were kept EXTREMELY busy with Race Week back in the 30s! And what’s this about dancing until 4am?! Read the full article below.

LADY HOBBS ENTERTAINS. (1934, September 6). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), p. 31. Retrieved from

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