Harry now tells his life story

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By DAVID HULME

He has been called the Peter Pan of New Zealand rac­ing, rid­den more than 2000 win­ners in a ca­reer span­ning the decades and now Noel Har­ris is fi­nally telling his story in the writ­ten form.

The cham­pion jockey may be in the twi­light of his ca­reer but at 57 he is not ready to re­tire just yet – be­ing quoted re­cently as say­ing that he was still rid­ing win­ners and had some good rides com­ing up next sea­son.

How­ever, Har­ris, has teamed with lo­cal rac­ing jour­nal­ist Wally O’Hearn to pro­duce Harry – The Ride of My Life and the Rotary Club of Mata­mata along with the Mata­mata Rac­ing Club and Pa­per Plus are giv­ing lo­cals the chance to at­tend the book’s launch.

Rotary Club of Mata­mata pres­i­dent Graeme Guil­ford said the event to be held at the rac­ing club on Thurs­day, Au­gust 16 would give lo­cals an op­por­tu­nity to come along and hear from Noel Har­ris.

“Rac­ing com­men­ta­tor Tony Lee will be in­ter­view­ing Noel for a pe­riod of time and there will be an op­por­tu­nity for ques­tions and a book sign­ing,” Mr Guil­ford said.

“Noel is a very well-known fig­ure in the lo­cal rac­ing community and we are hop­ing that a large num­ber of peo­ple will want to at­tend and add their sup­port to this event.”

Mr Guil­ford said the lo­cal Rotary club had got in be­hind the launch of the book as it was a community-based event fea­tur­ing a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the town. Pre­vi­ously the club had also hosted a sim­i­lar pub­lic launch for cham­pion jockey Lance O’Sul­li­van’s book.

A per­cent­age of the ticket price would go to the Rotary club and be used for var­i­ous Rotary projects, he said.

Tick­ets cost $10 and are avail­able from Pa­per Plus and the evening will com­mence at 6pm. Contact Graeme on 888 7694.

Noel Har­ris

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