Followers of Melbourne’s in-form jockey Jye McNeil won’t have to wait too long for his return to the saddle after his excellent form continued at the tribunal this week.
McNeil, 25, produced a career-high four winners at Flemington last Saturday. His day was soured when receiving a 10-meeting suspension for his winning ride on Amadeus in the $140,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m), McNeil's seventh Melbourne winner during January.
Stewards believed McNeil shifted inwards when insufficiently clear of Firsthand at the 1000-metre mark which caused Bumper Blast to be tightened for room.
Stewards found McNeil guilty and ordered two of those meetings to be served cumulative so his penalty would not be excessive after also receiving a nine-meeting suspension at Sandown Lakeside days earlier.
But McNeil’s form continued at the Victorian Racing Tribunal this week where the panel upheld his appeal, claiming there was no clear evidence that he had crowded horses when shifting inwards near the 1000-metre mark.
McNeil, who is currently Victoria's leading rider this season with 59 wins, will now be free to ride after Sunday.
Jye McNeil, picture Quentinjlang.com