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Noel Harris - Jockey

Noel Harris is one of New Zealand's top jockeys and the longest serving spending over 40 years in the saddle.

Harris was first apprenticed in the early 70's to his father, legendary trainer, Jock Harris. Racing was in the family and Harris was 15 when he rode his first race and picked up his first win in May 1970, riding Phar Lace at Foxton. He won the New Zealand jockeys' premiership as an 18-year-old apprentice in the 1972-73 season, sharing the title with David Peake.

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. Harris is one of only five Kiwi jockeys - alongside Peake, Bill Skelton, Lance O'Sullivan and David Walsh - to ride more than 2000 race winners, and he regularly features among the top stakes earning jockeys each season.

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 Cup, winning more than $30 million in stakes for the owners of the horses he has ridden.

Noel Harris' biography, Harry, The Ride of my Life, by Wally O'Hearn, was published in 2012.

 

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