Racing returns with Port Augusta Cup

 City of Port Augusta Cup 2019: Noreen Pardoe and Mija Reynolds.
City of Port Augusta Cup 2019: Noreen Pardoe and Mija Reynolds.

Racing in Port Augusta is back on track, just in time for the city's biggest calendar event.

Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) recently announced it would adopt a measured approach to re- admitting on-course patrons.

This year, the City of Port Augusta Cup will be a ticketed only event and limited to 1,000 guests including those of members, owners and sponsors.

TRSA Chief Executive Officer, Nick Redin said the restrictions reflect the ever changing circumstances of COVID-19.

"This gradual approach will strike a balance between getting more people 'back to the track' and ensuring the safety of industry participants and spectators remains the number one priority," he said.

RACES: Dellacqua took home the 2019 City Of Port Augusta Cup.

RACES: Dellacqua took home the 2019 City Of Port Augusta Cup.

However, Mr Redin urged racegoers to "exercise patience", as clubs are working through all measures required to reopen.

Spectators will need to pre-book and prepay for their tickets with the club and will need to provide their details - including full name and a phone number - to the club on entry so TRSA can act quickly with any tracing requirements if required.

"Racecourse hospitality areas have been effectively put into hibernation during the pandemic and will take some time to get back up and running," Mr Redin said.

"Spectators will only be allowed in the general public areas and will not be allowed into any official racing areas - and this includes mounting yards and the race-day horse stalls areas," Mr Redin said.

"We have to keep segregated the people essential to put on the racing from those attending from a hospitality perspective and are asking patrons to respect this if they are on course."

The City of Port Augusta Cup will take place on Sunday, July 5, from 11:00am - 5:00pm.

Tickets are available from Office National, 16 Young Street, Port Augusta from Monday 9am, with Owners able to access tickets upon final acceptances on Thursday.

Any remaining tickets will then be released Friday morning.