Harry: The Ride of my Life (out of print)
|Author:||Noel Harris with Wally O’Hearn.|
When Noel Harris - aka 'Handbrake Harry' - saluted the judge after the fourth race at Te Rapa in July 2008, he became just the fifth New Zealand jockey to join the exclusive 2000 winners club. Now, after 40 years in the saddle and a 'ride' that just keeps on keeping on, Harry has decided to tell his story.He first came to prominence back in the early 1970s when apprenticed to his legendary trainer-father, Jock Harris. He gained a deal of notoriety amongst the unforgiving Australian public early in his career for his ride on Glengowan in the 1973 Melbourne Cup when he was labelled a 'certainty beaten.' Since then, however, he has stamped his mark in New Zealand, Australia and Asia, picking up some of the biggest prizes in racing. He has won Premierships in New Zealand and Singapore and scored memorable wins in races like the Cox Plate in Australia and the Auckland and Wellington Cups.Noel Harris is the senior pro amongst the New Zealand jockey colonies and his trademark 'down the outside' rides continue to reap success. On top of that, he is one of the racing s great characters and, in a career which now spans five decades, this book promises to delight all followers of the Sport of Kings.
He may 'smoke like a chimney, drink like a fish and eat like a sparrow' but Noel Harris rides like a true champion. And he has outlasted many of his competitors, still leading them home in his late fifties after having notched up over 2000 wins. Along the way he has gained the loyalty of owners and trainers, the respect of fellow jockeys and the admiration of race-goers. He has also had a few beers, a bit of fun and lots of laughs, enjoying life and loving racing. Colourful - including green hair on occasions - and sometimes outlandish, Noel has stood out for his singular riding style, his optimism, commitment, sense of humour and straight-shooting sincerity. Racing is a game of wins and losses, highs and lows, and in this book, Noel takes us on the rollercoaster, from growing up in a racing family and apprenticeship days in a wild and scary Singapore, the rides and races of the NZ and Australian racing calendars, and the trials, tribulations and triumphs of staying at the top. Noel gives us the goods on the horses, owners, trainers, jockeys, races and officials, friends and family - the emotions, experiences, anecdotes and accolades of a long and successful career.