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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Aussie trainer Weir is first to top 400-winner mark

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Trainer Darren Weir's record-breaking season has fallen one win shy of an astonishing 450 wins after he landed a winning treble at the final meeting in Victoria at Mildura.

Weir smashed his own Australian record of 348 winners set last season with his tally for 2016-17 including a record 137 metropolitan winners in Melbourne.

The 2016-17 season drew to a close on Monday with Harry Coffey piloting the Weir-trained Pharja, Bonus D'Oro and Crafty Devil to their wins at Mildura.

Weir's year

449 wins (up from 348 last season)

2,686 starters (up from 2,209)

Prize-money more than A$24.6 million (up from A$21.8m)

31 Group races including eight Group 1s

He won in every state including his only West Australian outing at the Kingston Town Classic

Ballarat-based trainer prepared winners at 53 tracks

How many records has he broken?

His 137 wins in Melbourne broke Lee Freedman's Victorian metro record of 115 from 2005-06

Having broken John Hawkes' Commonwealth training record of 334 last year, Weir became the first to crack 400

He won 14 of the 30 races at Warrnambool's racing carnival in May

Won Australian premiership

Victorian premiership

Melbourne premiership

Victorian country premiership

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