Jockey Jye McNeil (Image: Racing Photos)
One of Victoria's most in-form riders, Jye McNeil, puts a new spin on the old adage 'have saddle, will travel' on Friday when he begins a workload stint that would test the best of them.
Earlier this week, the 24-year-old moved into equal-third position alongside multiple winner Dean Yendall on the Victorian jockeys' premiership when he booted home a double at Moe and this weekend he proves why the winners are coming and why the owners and trainers are wanting to put him on.
On Friday, McNeil takes six rides at the opening day of the three-day Swan Hill Carnival.
He drove the 340 or so kilometres from Melbourne on Thursday and then he repeats the trip in the opposite direction after his final ride at 4:30pm on Friday.
On Saturday morning, McNeil takes his first of seven rides at Flemington in the first race at 11:40am and cannot leave again until well after the final race at 4:37pm.
He then drives back up to Swan Hill early on Sunday morning to take a further six rides on the final day of the Carnival, including Connery in the Swan Hill Cup. His first ride is at 11:50am and his final ride is in Race 10 at 4:30pm.
After the final race, he gets back into his car to return to Melbourne so as to be at the Mornington Monday meeting by his first of five rides at 11:50am.
McNeil's manager Reece Murphy explained that as several riders are making the return trip to Swan Hill at least once over the next few days, McNeil will car pool to allow himself plenty of rest on the long road trips.
McNeil is just 14 winners shy of bringing up a century of winners this season for the first time in his career after ending last season with 86 winners.