Matt McGillivray gets jockey license back after troubled times

Group 1 winner Matt McGillivray has acquired his jockey license again and revealed how his world has modified for the higher since publicly disclosing his battle with booze, medicine, playing and psychological well being points.

Queenslander McGillivray revealed his street to hell and again when he spoke to Information Corp final month.

His turbulent and troubled story included cocaine use, alcohol dependancy, violence, two suicide makes an attempt, time spent in a psychiatric ward and estrangement from his younger household.

Since going public together with his ordeal, the jockey was final week given the inexperienced gentle by licensing officers and stewards to renew his race using profession which noticed him win the Group 1 Queensland Oaks in 2019.

However simply as importantly, he says he felt the burden of the world lifted off his shoulders when he discovered the braveness to talk about his troubles final month.

Previous mates reconnected and because of this McGillivray now has a much bigger assist community as he tries to redeem himself in racing and in life.

He realises there’s a lengthy solution to go, however hopes his story can sound alarm bells for others and assist these going by means of related points.

“After my story got here out, I’ve had folks contact me who I hadn’t heard from for years and every part has been very constructive,” McGillivray stated.

“Hopefully my story might help different folks as there’s lots of people who need assistance.

“Hopefully this might help different folks open up.

“There’s lots of people who know me by means of my background.

“My story was capable of be revealed and is now on the market for folks to see, whereas different folks don’t have that luxurious.

“I actually wish to flip my life round and affect different individuals who have been in my state of affairs and even worse.”

McGillivray will quickly take his first race rides since October 2021.

He was disqualified from racing for eight months for offering a urine pattern constructive to cocaine, the newest in a sequence of dramas which have plagued the profession of the proficient jockey.

The 30-year-old will quickly restart his jockey profession by taking rides at about 57kg after which he’s trying to shed the kilograms to trip at 54kg.

He isn’t taking something without any consideration and is aware of he must make amends to many individuals.

However he says he’s decided to remain on the straight and slender and dwell a wholesome life.

“I’ve acquired to get myself on the market once more, I can’t anticipate issues to be falling in my lap,” McGillivray stated.

“I’m not going to hurry something.

“I’m coming again with intentions to trip at 57 (kg) for the primary week.

“In time, in about six weeks or so, I’ll in all probability find yourself using at 54 (kg).

“I wish to slowly get my weight down, as I wish to be snug for the primary couple of weeks.

“I don’t wish to rush it, as a result of then my physique received’t get together with me.

“I’ll let the burden come off slowly however absolutely.

“I’ve acquired my (race using) license again, every part the stewards wanted has been offered and I’m clear to go.”

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