Flying Doctor Race Day in Port Augusta

RACING: Legendary jockey John Letts. PHOTO: Port Augusta Racing Club.
RACING: Legendary jockey John Letts. PHOTO: Port Augusta Racing Club.

THE NEWLY-CREATED Flying Doctor Race Day is galloping into town on Saturday May 20 at the Port Augusta Racing Club.

The fourth race date on the Port Augusta Racing Club Calendar will celebrate the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s 89th birthday, featuring The RFDS Birthday Cup race.

The event, which commences at 11am, coincides with the Goodwood Handicap – Adelaide’s Group 1 Race meeting.

​General admission tickets are priced at $10, while concession tickets are $5 and under 18 race goers get in free. 

Port Augusta Racing Club Secretary Emily Holden encouraged locals to attend the inaugural event.

”The Race Day is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends at a community event that supports the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” she said.

Over $1100 in prizes is up for grabs through Fashions on the Field, including categories for Ladies Millinery, Elegant Lady, Men’s, Teens and Juniors.

The RFDS Simulator – the full-scale replica of a Pilatus PC-12 fuselage –  will be on display, as well as kids entertainment such as a jumping castle, face painting and an appearance from Archie the Stable Stars horse.

Former jockey and Port Augusta Racing Club Ambassador John Letts said the RFDS provide a ‘second to none’ service.

“Thank God for the generosity of the people which keeps this wonderful service going,” he said.

The Race Day will feature the first-ever XXXX Gold Keg Roll, giving teams of four the chance to win a party keg. The entry fee for the competition is $25, with all proceeds going to RFDS.

For more information, call 0447 105 545 or email