Noel Harris to Join NZTR Team

Thursday 2 April

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Noel Harris is set to take up a Riding Master and Mentoring role with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing following his retirement from raceday riding. Noel will be based in the Waikato region and starts in the role after the Easter break.

Noel retires from a stellar career as a jockey on Saturday 4 April nearly 45 years after riding his first winner at Foxton on 16 May, 1970. During his career Noel rode 2163 NZ winners as well as experiencing significant success offshore.

In the Riding Master and Mentoring Role for NZTR Noel will be working primarily with probationers and apprentice jockeys.

Noel’s role will be to develop technical riding expertise in apprentice jockeys as well as reviewing individual riding skills and providing guidance and advice for all riders starting out in the industry.

“Noel brings a wealth of experience to this specialised field and is held in high regard across all sectors of the thoroughbred industry” said NZTR Chief Executive Greg Purcell. “His longevity and riding record are a credit to both him and the New Zealand thoroughbred industry.”

Noel is looking forward to giving back to an industry in which he has been most successful.

“Racing has been good to me and I am looking forward to helping out the younger riders going forward” said Harris.