No secrets for Jye McNeil, just plain hard work
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.
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’.