Harry Haynes is the son of former jump jockey Peter Haynes and he started riding in Arab races at 16, followed by a season riding in Point to Points. He worked at weekends and in school holidays for John Bridger and obtained his NVQ2 and conditional licence after attending the BRS.
Harry has had stints riding for Nicky Richards and James Ewart and while he rides both Flat and Jump horses he now has a successful partnership with trainer Malcolm Jefferson. Jefferson is based in Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire and his expertise has helped other young jump jockeys to advance their careers.
In April 2011 Harry was out of the saddle for 4 1/2 months after sustaining concussion at Aintree and a second head injury soon after at Wetherby.
His biggest win yet was the Rowland Meyrick Chase on According To Pete at Wetherby in December 2011, this was followed by a win for the pair in the Peter Marsh Chase in January 2012 at Haydock. In March 2012 Harry won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey's Handicap at the Cheltenham festival, riding another Jefferson horse, Attaglance.
Harry was in the saddle aboard According To Pete for the 2012 Grand National day and had said “According To Pete. I've ridden him in all his races this season and we've been getting on well,” says the rider. “He likes to get into a nice rhythm in his races and just jumps and gallops. I don't see any reason why he won't enjoy Aintree. He's not an overly big horse but his jumping is great and the trip should suit him.”
Despite such a positive outlook, According to Pete was brought down at the 22nd fence. He suffered a fractured leg and was put down at the scene.