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Jockey Jye McNeil will ride three-year-old Grandslam at 49.5kg in the Cox Plate

Jockey Jye McNeil says he’s had no trouble with the task of getting down to 49.5kg to ride three-year-old Grandslam in the Cox Plate.

Grandslam entered the Cox Plate picture after connections paid the $200,000 late entry fee, which included the $54,450 acceptance fee on Monday morning.

The late decision was not an issue for McNeil, who rode Chapada at 50.5kg in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.

McNeil said the work to strip weight hasn’t affected his mood and losing another kilogram won’t be a problem.

“Everything is on track,” McNeil said.

“I’m feeling really great and pulled up well last Saturday after riding light.

“I’m in a really good frame of mind with my weight and it should be quite easy.”

Jye McNeil also rode Grandslam in a gallop at The Valley last Saturday. Photo: Scott Barbour/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

McNeil rode Grandslam in a gallop at The Valley on Tuesday morning while the Moonee Valley Racing Club committee debated whether the colt should get a place in the field.

The decision went the way of the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained galloper, who finished third to Ole Kirk in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas at his last outing.

McNeil said Grandslam had no trouble with the tight Valley circuit.

“He had a bit stronger gallop here and he seems to get around the track really well. I’m happy with him,” McNeil said.

“He seems to be going really well. His run in the Caulfield Guineas was fantastic so hopefully he’s up to the task.”

Grandslam is a $26 chance to become the first three-year-old since Shamus Award in 2013 to win the Cox Plate.

Shamus Award also ran third in the Caulfield Guineas before winning the Cox Plate as a maiden.

Originally published asMcNeil ready to go light for Slam

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