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How Melbourne Cup winner Jye McNeil regained his lost spark

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After scaling racing’s Mount Everest on the first Tuesday last November, Jye McNeil now admits he lost interest in racing for a while and struggled to regain his mojo.

The young jockey was the feel-good story of last year’s Melbourne Cup as the new father won the $8million Cup with his first ride in the great race.

As he prepares to ride in Queensland on Saturday for the first time since he was a junior rider, McNeil has for the first time opened up about how his career hit a flat spot several months after the euphoria of Cup glory.

“It was as though I had suddenly achieved everything that I had set out to do in my career, everyone wants to win a Melbourne Cup, and when it happened to me at a young age I lost my way a little bit in…



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