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Noel HarrisJockey great Noel Harris has revealed Trepidation might be his last chance to win the Gr.1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on Thursday.
Harris will turn 60 next month and says he is constantly finding himself considering how much longer he will ride and that the prospect of riding through next winter has limited appeal.

“I’m at that age. I’ve been riding for 45 years but I’d like to go through to March anyway. Don’t be surprised if I pull pin after that,” Harris said.

“I’ve had three Listed wins this season and I’d always said if I couldn’t get a stakes win in a season, I’d retire. I’m just reviewing that every week. I’m still getting good rides on Saturdays, I’m fit and I’m enjoying it, but racing controls my life and mentally I’m at that stage where maybe I’d like to be doing something else.

“I’ve had a great career and it was always going to come to an end sometime but it’s just a question of when.”

Harris, who has ridden some of the greats of the turf – among them Castletown, Rough Habit and Poetic Prince, will shoot for a racing world record at Ellerslie on Thursday.

Lester Piggott was 57 when he rode Rodrigo de Triano to win the 2000 Guineas in England in 1992 to become the oldest jockey to win a Group One race.
Success aboard the Chris McNab-trained Trepidation at Ellerslie would see Harris take over that mantle.

“It would be nice to get that record but it’s just about having the right horse,” said Harris, a member of racing’s exclusive 2000 New Zealand winners club.
“My last Group One winner was Vonusti in the Telegraph [as a 55-year-old in 2010] and I was second to Historian in last year’s Zabeel Classic on O’Fille.

“Trepidation went a good race in the Newmarket the other day and she’s got a good draw so she should be a good chance. She can be a bit awkward to ride and doesn’t have the early speed to get into the first three, but from that draw [barrier six] she can get into a good position without having to do too much work.

“She’s got a nice light weight and she should be getting home strongly.”
Harris’ other rides at Ellerslie are Outspoken in the Gr.2 Royal Stakes, Jubilate in the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile, Malcolm in the Gr.3 City Of Auckland Cup and Dubai Shuffle in the Dunstan Feeds Championship Final. ihas revealed Trepidation might be his last chance to win the Gr.1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on Thursday.

Harris will turn 60 next month and says he is constantly finding himself considering how much longer he will ride and that the prospect of riding through next winter has limited appeal.

“I’m at that age. I’ve been riding for 45 years but I’d like to go through to March anyway. Don’t be surprised if I pull pin after that,” Harris said.

“I’ve had three Listed wins this season and I’d always said if I couldn’t get a stakes win in a season, I’d retire. I’m just reviewing that every week. I’m still getting good rides on Saturdays, I’m fit and I’m enjoying it, but racing controls my life and mentally I’m at that stage where maybe I’d like to be doing something else.

“I’ve had a great career and it was always going to come to an end sometime but it’s just a question of when.”

Harris, who has ridden some of the greats of the turf – among them Castletown, Rough Habit and Poetic Prince, will shoot for a racing world record at Ellerslie on Thursday.

Lester Piggott was 57 when he rode Rodrigo de Triano to win the 2000 Guineas in England in 1992 to become the oldest jockey to win a Group One race.
Success aboard the Chris McNab-trained Trepidation at Ellerslie would see Harris take over that mantle.

“It would be nice to get that record but it’s just about having the right horse,” said Harris, a member of racing’s exclusive 2000 New Zealand winners club.
“My last Group One winner was Vonusti in the Telegraph [as a 55-year-old in 2010] and I was second to Historian in last year’s Zabeel Classic on O’Fille.

“Trepidation went a good race in the Newmarket the other day and she’s got a good draw so she should be a good chance. She can be a bit awkward to ride and doesn’t have the early speed to get into the first three, but from that draw [barrier six] she can get into a good position without having to do too much work.

“She’s got a nice light weight and she should be getting home strongly.”

NOTE: In Style, ridden by Keith Innes, won the Railway Stakes in New Zealand on New Year’s Day.