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Harris Postpones Retirement For Pondarosa Miss
After 45 years in the saddle, veteran Kiwi jockey Noel Harris is set to retire on Saturday, April 4, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 6YO Harris was ready to quietly slip into retirement after riding Pondarosa Miss into third in last week's Gr1 Auckland Cup. However, news that the high class mare will be freshened and set for the Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha in 4 weeks time has prompted the elder statesman of the New Zealand jockey ranks to postpone retirement by a couple of weeks. Harris has always maintained that Pondarosa Miss possesses Gr1 ability, and believes the best is yet to be seen from the daughter of High Chaparral. Pondarosa Miss has suffered the lingering effects of a virus this campaign, but Harris is hoping a freshen up into the Breeders' Stakes will suit. "She tries so hard and the first time I rode her I thought she was a Group One horse," Harris said. "Even after the cup she had a bit of snot come out of her nose, which just shows her class to run third in a two-mile Group One." He added, "Racing's been very kind to me. I've had wonderful successes and there's nothing else I've got to prove, but I'm at that age where father time catches up."