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Hey Harry, how many winners did you have? Picture: REG RYAN/RACING PHOTOS

Hey Harry, how many winners did you have? Picture: REG RYAN/RACING PHOTOS

HARRY Coffey finished the 2016-17 racing season in some style, snaring a treble at Mildura last Monday. 

Coffey, 21, piloted three winners, all trained by champion trainer Darren Weir, in the space of four races on Monday to have his best day since he recorded double at Echuca on New Year’s Eve.

The treble is his best showing since he rode six winners at Wycheproof on October 29 last year.

Monday’s successes included his first win at Mildura in 2017 after a number of luckless trips.

“It [the track] has me confused sometimes, I’ve had some bad days [at Mildura], but lucky enough I’ve had a good day with some winners,” Coffey told 

Coffey closed out his season with 61 wins from 713 rides, falling short of his 80 winners from last season, with a solid place percentage of 28.2 per cent. 

Speaking following his third and final win, he said a tip from form analyst Kevin Casey earlier in the day had come through. 

“We had two and a half hours of driving together from Swan Hill and he [Kevin] said that I would ride a few winners today,” Coffey said.

His day began in fair fashion, finishing second by less than half a length to Nathan Hobson’s Va Bene Amore, before snaring his first win for the day two races later. 

On Weir’s four-year-old gelding Pharja, he edged out Jane Duncan’s Maureen by less than a length in a 2000m maiden. 

Two races later and Coffey had steered home another winner with Bonus D’Oro comfortably breezing home in a 1300 BM58 Handicap.

He polished off his treble in the very next race as five-year-old mare Crafty Devil came from seventh at the 400m to pip Shawn Mathrick’s Ayers Rock by less than a length.

Crafty Devil’s win was Weir’s 449th of the season, and despite Coffey riding in two more races for him to finish the day, he fell agonisingly short of an astonishing 450 wins for the 2016-17 season.

One hundred and thirty-seven of those wins came in metropolitan races in Melbourne, with his overall tally smashing his previous record of 348 winners set last season. 

“I can’t thank the Weir team enough. They enter the right horses in the right races and I just have to steer them,” Coffey said.

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