Paul Harvey Australian Jockey
Paul Harvey Australian Jockey Based In Western Australia
Paul Harvey: The eastern states, despite appearances to the contrary, do not have an exclusive stranglehold on the production of world-class thoroughbred riders.
A natural progression from riding as a necessity to riding for sport was a chief aspect in Harvey’s choice of a career that has led to his capture of nearly every major race contested in his home state and he has ventured east to clearly demonstrate that Western Australia takes a back seat to none of the eastern states.
Western Australia and the environs around Perth have produced its share and when the cream of the crop of present day jockeys is under discussion, the name of Paul Harvey deserves mention. paul harvey
Paul Harvey was born in the western Perth suburb of Midland, a short 20 klick jaunt for the central business district of Perth.
Paul Harvey Starts Career At 16
He began racing at the age of sixteen under the auspices of his trainer uncle, Bob Harvey, beginning rather modestly with two wins in the 1986-87 season.
Paul Harvey first three years as a steerer gave him just eight wins total. He rode in Melbourne initially, but a case of homesickness spurred a desire to be closer to home, where he began to experience much better results out of his efforts.
Punters of that area and peers began to acknowledge his dominance on his home turf by referring to him as “The Pontiff.” He was practically incapable of being defeated at the major Perth tracks of Belmont and Ascot and it is not inconceivable that when he showed up for work on occasion, some of his competitors would be predisposed to feign illness.
Paul Harvey In Fine Form
Beginning in 1998, when Paul Harvey won the Railway Stakes, the WATC Derby and the Goodwood Handicap, he closed out the 90s in fine fettle and opened the 21 st century with the Kingston Town Classic, which he would duplicate in 2001, as well as adding another Railway to his tally. 2002 found him the victor in the Australia Cup.
2004 and 2005 were to prove particularly productive, with another Kingston Town and Railway falling to him, along with the Victoria Derby, all in 2004. Another WATC Derby came along the following year, as did the S.A. Oaks and the Asian Beau Stakes.
Those winning ways continued for the rest of the century’s inaugural decade, with repeats of his previous wins and the addition of other noteworthy events as well, over which time he accumulated no fewer than twelve Perth jockey premierships.
Paul Harvey was to notch nine victories whilst riding Vizard, Plastered and Bell Bizarre. Plastered supplied two of his Group 1 wins as did Modem and one came from each of Megatic, Irish Darling and Spectrum.
Closing In On 1500 Victories
At the moment, he is closing in on 1,500 victories, 6,000 starts and $40 million in prize money.
As is fitting for someone dubbed “The Pontiff,” Harvey has a serious demeanor for his business. He manages to avoid the fame and attention that has derailed some who came before him and he is seldom if ever seen to display excessive exuberance, even after a big win.
Paul Harvey has garnered something of a reputation for dropping a ride if he feels the horse is inferior, but that discrimination has helped, rather than hinder, his reputation with trainers that feel that he is rightly one of recent times’ top riders.
Harvey sustained a broken leg whilst doing track work in 2009. He did return to the track within two months, but he missed in that time the Magic Millions Carnival and some big win potential.
In his typical unassuming fashion, Paul Harvey credits much of his success to his manager Dale Verhagen and he also is fast to acknowledge the support of his wife Jannelle.
Career Stronger Than Ever
Now beyond 40, Paul Harvey is having a productive 2012/13 season as he continues to assert the claim that W.A. jockeys are every bit the equal of their eastern counterparts.
When getting about under his own power, he serves as an ambassador for the Western Australia Jockeys Association and is also active in the fight against child sexual abuse through his contributions to the Bravehearts campaign.
Paul Harvey is proof positive that desire and determination play a large role than does geography in a jockey’s success and he serves as a positive role model for those who might otherwise consider their opportunities limited by their distance from the major population centres of their homeland.