Jockey McNeil shines

Bay Of Biscay, ridden by jockey Jye McNeill, finishes ahead of Lorrie’s Gift and Waitaha Prophecy. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Bay Of Biscay, ridden by jockey Jye McNeill, finishes ahead of Lorrie’s Gift and Waitaha Prophecy. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

APPRENTICE jockey Jye McNeil enhanced his growing reputation with a winning treble at Wodonga yesterday.

The in-form hoop combined with his boss and renowned apprentice maker in Gerald Egan to take out the opening two races on the card with Hooley Dooley and Ups And Downs.

Egan is also credited with forging the careers of Luke Nolen, Nick Hall, his son Billy Egan and also Michael Pritchard.

McNeil completed the treble when Bay Of Biscay romped in by nine lengths for Wodonga trainer Brian Cox in the final race of the day.

He was narrowly denied a fourth winner when Orange Caviar was beaten a short half-head by Power Master in the $15,000 3YO Maiden (1200 metres).

The Mansfield-based jockey has notched more than 140 winners and has out-ridden his country allowance.

But he is still in hot demand from trainers with his ability to claim two kilograms in the city.

McNeil had six rides at Sandown on Saturday and will make the trek to the same track tomorrow for another six mounts.

Cox said the winning treble was a good reward for the emerging jockey.

“It was a impressive effort by Jye and he deserves the success,” Cox said.

“He is riding a lot of winners at the minute and getting noticed by trainers and picking up a lot of rides in the city.”

Cox said Bay Of Biscay was also city bound after notching his fourth win this preparation.

“The horse has got his fair share of ability,” he said.

“He has done a good job this preparation considering he resumed in January.

“But I’m keen to give him a bit of a freshen-up and give him one more run this time in.

“So we might head to Moonee Valley at the end of the month.

“I’m not getting too carried away that he won by nine lengths but it’s fantastic to see for the owners sake and the horses sake.”

Bay Of Biscay is raced by Ian Killop who has been a long-time supporter of the Cox stable.

Killop also owns veteran galloper He’s An Angel, who won the Towong Cup, and has also raced in the Albury, Wagga, and Corowa cups.

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