McNeil rides five at Caulfield
Jye McNeil has celebrated a career-best five Melbourne winners in the one day as he makes an early dash for premiership honours this season.
McNeil, 27, rose to 44 wins for the season in Melbourne and is now 11 wins clear of an injured Damien Oliver following a fifth win for the day aboard Melba Storm in the second last race of the program.
“It’s a great day,” he said. “It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but a day I’ll remember, that’s for sure.”
McNeil almost made it six for the day aboard former Singapore horse Threeandfourpence ($19), who flashed home for second behind Nicolini Vito ($3.70) in the final race.
Melba Storm scored a fighting neck win over The Garden ($2.60 favourite) in the Quayclean Handicap, a benchmark 78 handicap over 1100 metres to follow wins win in a row early in the card aboard Worthily ($1.95 favourite), Miss Five Hundred ($9.50), Sebonack ($6) and Generation ($1.85 favourite).
Although starting at $11, McNeil said he went into the race figuring he could ride five for the day when he was legged aboard Melba Storm.
“Trent (Busuttin, trainer) was very confident when he rang me from the sales this morning,” McNeil said.
“He said she’s going really well on the track and if she hadn’t drawn a wide barrier he’d have been extremely confident.
“She jumped really well and took that barrier out of the equation in the early stages. She was very tough over the concluding stages. A great performance.”
WATCH: McNeil wins aboard Melba Storm