AS action in the northern region draws to a close at Maralin this afternoon, there will not be a more popular winner of that region’s rider’s title than the affable Mark O’Hare, a mainstay of the northern weigh-tent for two decades.

It has been a remarkable season for O’Hare - a running total of 27 winners for the season equals his second most successful season to date from 10 years ago, and with three weekends of racing remaining, he is just two winners short of matching his most successful season ever, a personal best which has stood for nine years.