Jockeying For Position: Paul Harvey
I sometimes feel jockeys are a little protected by the media and racing public and we need to remember they are sports men and women. How often will you read scathing articles about footy players or cricketers detailing every little flaw with their games? As the general public, I think it is important (while not attacking anyone on a personal level) that we need to be more accepting that criticism is going to be a massive part of this game. I've even included some nice things (against my nature) to help ease us into this new and wonderful world of accepted constructive criticism.
Perth’s strongest whip jockey. In a battle down the straight only William Pike would be ahead of him. Very hard to get past him on a strong on pace horse.
A little one dimensional these days. Prefers to be on horses ridden on pace. From a wide gate usual looks content to sit wide and a touch disinterested. Will get going early in most races, but that is partially as he backs himself to get the most out of the horse for a longer period with his aggressive style of riding (this is a strength for him a lot of the time too). Not a jockey I am ever confident with in finding a gap and tends to give up pretty early when in traffic or when he thinks the race is beyond him. Always wary about backing his horses each way as he tends to stop riding them when winning is out of the question, often costing them a few spots in running. Often finds himself in trouble with the stewards because of this.
Leaders. Or horses settling in the first 4. Does not suit wide gates that want to be ridden midfield or cold. In years gone by was my preferred jockey for front runners in Perth.
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