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Meech sets Australian record

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Top jockey Linda Meech. (Pic: Getty)

Linda Meech has set a new record for most wins in an Australian season by a female jockey.

The 36-year-old brought up the milestone aboard the Mick Price-trained Hulme in the opening event on Saturday at Wodonga - a 1200m 2YO Maiden.

Hulme’s win took Meech’s season tally to 112, surpassing her mark of 111, which she set in 2008/09, while Clare Lindop also rode 111 winners in 2003/04.

Fittingly, Hulme (Power x Madame Echezeaux) is part-owned and was purchased by former champion trainer Peter Moody, who was one of Meech’s main supporters.

Meech had 1,117 rides for Moody (for 286 wins at a staggering 26 per cent) - some 700 more than Terry O’Sullivan, who is next on the list - and won her only Group 1 in the 2015 Coolmore Classic on the Moody-trained Plucky Belle.

Mick Price Racing, tweeted: “Well done Linda, glad that Hulme could do it for you. Fitting that he was purchased & is part-owned by the Moodys.”

New Zealand-born Meech sits inside the top 10 in the Australian Jockeys’ Premiership and is currently second behind Dean Yendall (133) on the Victorian table.

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