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Coffey draws level with Meech

Harry Coffey has emerged as a serious threat to Linda Meech's ambition of defending last season's ground-breaking Victorian jockeys' premiership victory.

Coffey, 24, drew level with Meech on Wednesday for Victorian winners this season on 48 with a winning double at Echuca, following a double at Hamilton on Tuesday.

He followed up victory on maiden Red Impulse ($4) in the second event for trainer Russell Osborne with a win in Race 3 aboard the $2.90 favourite Mount Madeira for trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

Meech became the first female winner of the Victorian title last season when she rode 139 winners to score comfortably from John Allen.

It has been a remarkable season so far for Coffey, who is successful battling cystic fibrosis as he chases his dream of becoming a top jockey.

It is not just his medical condition that makes Coffey's success so remarkable, as the rider is winning seemingly all over the state from his not-so-central base with his training father Austy at Swan Hill.

Coffey's 48 winners (249 rides) have come at an impressive rate of nearly 19 per cent while Meech (323 rides) is striking at lower than 15 per cent.

Coffey's career tally of wins is just short of a most notable milestone, as he needs just eight more to register 500 victories.
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