Troy Harris resumes racing in great style

Jockey Troy Harris
Troy Harris hasn’t struggled to find his way back into the winner’s circle. PIcture: NZ Racing Desk.

Troy Harris has exceeded his own expectations since resuming race riding.

The Cambridge jockey has been back in action a little over a week and the 29-year-old has quickly returned to his winning ways.

“Everything is going really well and my manager Dean Williams is doing a great job,” Harris said.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better and hopefully the good rides keep coming.” Harris won on Woodloveto at Rotorua in his second day back riding and gained further success aboard Virtuoso Lad and Ambitious Winner at Te Teko last Wednesday.

He also won on O’He Can at Avondale the following day. “I was out for three and a-half months after I strained my back,” he said.

“I do a lot of running to keep the weight off and when I can’t do any exercise I get heavy, I have to work really hard at it.

“I can do 57kg easily and I was 56.5kg on Saturday. My weight is the best it’s been for a while.”

Harris has five rides at Matamata on Wednesday – Amen Corner (Fairview Motors 1600m), Giant Gem (Mitavite 1200m), Lord Snow (Lowe Schollum Jones Insurance Brokers 1600m),

Lips Of An Angel (New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Race 1400m) and The Concord (Hi Tech Floor Scrubbers 1400m).

He will also be heading to Awapuni on Saturday where his mounts will include the Shane Crawford- trained Bel Ragazzo in the Group 3 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (2000m).

He was a winner two runs back before he finished unplaced, after a chequered run, in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).