Episode 322: Harry Coffey

It’s a delight to introduce a young man whose serious health problems haven’t diminished his resolve to become a serious professional jockey. Harry begins by talking about the wide area he covers in the pursuit of winners.

He talks of a two year stay in Bendigo and the homesickness that took him back to Swan Hill.

Harry talks about the 10 hectare property near Swan Hill where he lives with partner Tayla.

He recalls having lived a reasonably normal childhood despite the restrictions imposed by his medical condition.

 

Harry takes us through his regular medication regime and the daily physiotherapy required to get him to the races.

The jockey pays tribute to his horse trainer father Austy who remains his greatest supporter.

He talks of his only sibling, brother Sam who has chosen a career path away from racing.

Harry looks back on the magical occasion of his first winning ride. 

He acknowledges the ongoing support of trainer Darren Weir in his early days as a jockey.

The 25 year old will never forget his only Gr 1 win to date. Darren Weir entrusted him with the ride on Sopressa in the Schweppes Australasian Oaks of 2018. Harry takes us through an unforgettable day.

He looks back on the exciting day at Wycheproof when he rode six of the seven winners.

Harry makes special mention of one of his favourite horses- the great bush galloper Vianden who won many Country Cups.

The jockey speaks with reverence of a horse called Signoff. He has no doubt the Darren Weir trained gelding is the best horse he’s ridden to date. 

Harry talks of his strong association with the Maher/Eustace stable.

He expresses his appreciation of the wise counsel he receives from media identity Deane Lester.

Harry says the absence of interstate jockeys and his ability to ride at a light weight, might bring him a ride or two in the bigger races over the Victorian carnival.

There was no hesitation when I asked Harry to name the jockey who has been his greatest inspiration.

This is a bright and breezy chat with a remarkable young man.  

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