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Caulfield races: Jye McNeil has a big day with five winners including Chairman’s and Manfred features

Jye McNeil has cleared away in the metro jockeys’ title after five winners at Caulfield and wants to emulate the achievements of Jamie Kah last season.

Star jockey Jye McNeil has not yet set a target for wins this season, but a personal-best Melbourne five-timer at Caulfield on Saturday puts a triple-figure tally firmly on the agenda.

Reigning Melbourne premiership winner Jamie Kah last season shaded Brett Prebble’s 20-year-old record (99.5) with 105 city winners.

McNeil got off to a flyer with four-straight victories on Saturday, including the Group 3 Chairman’s and Manfred stakes, to equal his personal best before driving Melba Storm to victory in the second-last race to make it five for the day.

He moved to 44 metro wins to lead Damien Oliver (33) and Damian Lane (32).

McNeil, who rode 35 winners last season, has 25 weeks to aim up at the ton.

“I haven’t set one yet (target), we’ll wait until it gets a bit closer, but it would be great to get towards the ton anyway,” McNeil said.

“It’s definitely got the confidence up (winning races consistently) and it’s great to have good rides for good people and great trainers, it makes it a lot easier.”

McNeil had ridden four winners on a single card five times previously.

After finishing outside the money in the first race aboard Let’s Say Grace, the 27-year-old guided Worthily, Miss Five Hundred, Sebonack and Generation to perfectly-timed and executed wins.

Victorian powerhouse Ciaron Maher and David Eustace bookended the McNeil the earlier four-timer, (Worthily and Generation), while trainer Peter Gelagotis and Team Hawkes supplied the middle pegs.

He would strike again later in the card with Melba Storm overpowering favourite The Garden.

McNeil’s haul ended a 14-day drought for the popular 2020 Melbourne Cup-winning jockey.

“I did it (four winners) a couple weeks ago at Pakenham and I‘ve barely ridden a winner since,” McNeil said.

“Things were looking a little bit rough there for a week or two, but I can’t say the same today.”

McNeil’s last winner before the Caulfield quintet was at Flemington on January 21 – the day after his Pakenham feast.

Eustace, who hailed McNeil’s ride as “spot on”, said talented colt Generation could eventually be aimed at the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes.

“Jye got it spot on … he let (Generation) travel deep into the straight and when he asked him to quicken he quickened well,” Eustace said.

“He’s building a good record now and he’s done very little wrong … the Zedative is back here, which we’d have to consider … he’d have to win another race before going to (Group 1) races.”

The Oakleigh Plate, which would set up a clash with stablemate Marabi, is an unlikely alternative.

“We probably won’t do that,” Eustace said.

“Not just because of her (Marabi), we just don’t think he’s an 1100m horse.

“He’s not quite sharp enough for that.”

Originally published as Jye McNeil has a big day at Caulfield with five winners including Chairman’s and Manfred features

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