No se­crets for Jye McNeil, just plain hard work

Mansfield Courier - - SPORTS - By RICHARD JAGO

YOUNG Mans­field ap­pren­tice jockey Jye McNeil has won the Ris­ing Stars event two years run­ning, which has seen him nom­i­nated the Sportsper­son of the Year nom­i­nee for the month of July.

Go­ing into race 3 at Flem­ing­ton in the third week of July, Jye was tied for a win with Jackie Be­r­i­man and needed to fin­ish in the first five to win the $6000 Ris­ing Stars prize.

Be­r­i­man was in the USA rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the Ap­pren­tice World Cham­pi­onship se­ries, so Jye sad­dled up Ev­ery Faith in her stead, guid­ing her to a fifth place in the 1800m event, win­ning the prize out­right.

This re­sult is even bet­ter than last year’s when the prize was tied with ap­pren­tice jockey Re­gan Bayliss.

“Go­ing into the race, I thought Ev­ery Faith was my best chance; I’m a bit dis­ap­pointed I didn’t fin­ish any bet­ter than fifth but I’m still very happy to have won the se­ries,” Jye said.

“It was re­ally good to win the se­ries twice; it’s a good prize – a $6000 voucher on My­ers.

“I fin­ish my ap­pren­tice­ship in Novem­ber and I have no (weight) claim af­ter that – that’s when we find out just how hard it is, espe- cially in the city.

“Hope­fully I‘ll get a good start into next year and see how it goes.”

Does this ris­ing star have any ad­vice for other ap­pren­tices?

“Work hard that’s the big­gest thing,” Jye said.

“Gerald Egan has been ter­rific for me – I moved in with him and his part­ner Pam when I was 16 years old; they were like sec­ond par­ents to me – I have a lot to thank them for.”

As Egan hap­pily ad­mits “Mans­field has the best strike rate for ap­pren­tice jock­eys”, with­out even men­tion­ing his role in guid­ing the ca­reers of Luke Nolen (of Black Caviar fame) and Ni­cholas Hall.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

AC­COM­PLISHED STAR: Ap­pren­tice jockey Jye McNeil has won the Ris­ing Stars se­ries two years in a row and will shortly leave his ap­pren­tice­ship ‘to find out how hard it is’.

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