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Riding on Courage

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Peter Fenton

Has an Australian champion ever succeeded against greater odds than jockey Wayne Harris? A story about the true meaning of courage, written by well known author Peter Fenton.

As an apprentice, who hailed from Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley,  he won the Golden Slipper in 1979 and rode a record number of winners in a season. It seemed he would lead a charmed life. At 22, Wayne was diagnosed with a brain tumour and told by experts he would never ride again. He did, and despite several bad falls and serious infections he kept on getting back in the saddle. He won the Melbourne Cup on Jeune in 1994. Again he suffered a second brain tumour complicated with a staf infection and  meningitis. However, he was back in the saddle in August 1977, and in one day again rode 4 winners at Flemington.

The remarkable story of a fighter that takes us from Australia, Ireland, SIngapore and Malaysia and Hong Kong, and then back home. He eventually retired in 1998.

288 pages, 124 x 184mm (portrait), hardcover with jacket, black and white photos

 

 

Product Code: 9781863152655

 

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