The Irishman enjoyed a breakthrough triumph last year when guiding the Robert Cowell-trained Goldream to a short-head victory in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2015.
It was his first success in a QIPCO British Champions Series races and, for good measure, he won the Prix de l’Abbaye on the same horse later in the season. This time the margin of victory was a short neck.
Harley, who has had spells as No 1 jockey to Mick Channon and Marco Botti before turning freelance, is familiar with narrow margins.
In March 2014, in a modest race on the all-weather at Lingfield, he was catapulted head first into the ground, at almost 40mph, when Red Art, his ill-fated mount, clipped the heels of a rival in the closing stages.
It was a shocking fall that that might have ended his career but three months later, after recovering from a broken neck and several broken ribs, he was back.
“We are in between those ropes every day of the week racing and we get away with it most of the time,” Harley said. “It was a nasty one, and I was unlucky, but it was no one’s fault.”
In 2016 he has enjoyed two Series wins on Sheikhzayedroad in the staying category.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
BCS Career statistics
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