Harry White was renowned as rider of stayers, although his record in sprint races was also outstanding.
White's first big win was in the 1964 Duke of Norfolk Stakes, a race he was to win on four more occasions. His success in staying races had much to do with his association with master-trainers, Bart Cummings and George Hanlon. His record equalling four Melbourne Cup wins – Think Big in 1974 and 1975, Arwon in 1978, Hyperno in 1979 – were on horses trained by them.
Besides his Melbourne Cups, White won two Caulfield Cups on Sobar and Ming Dynasty, five Australian Cups and late in his career, a W.S. Cox Plate on Rubiton. White was also excellent in sprint races as shown by his winning record of three Oakleigh Plates, three Newmarket Handicaps and three Futurity Stakes. In all, in his career of 35 years, he had close to 200 wins in feature races, with 60 at Group 1 level. Four times he won the Melbourne jockeys' premiership.
White was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.