Damien Oliver Loses Caulfield Cup Ride Aboard My Quest For Peace

By: Sarah Fortnum
October 16th, 2012

Jockey Damien Oliver has been unceremoniously dumped as the rider of My Quest For Peace in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup this weekend.

Oliver was due to ride the English galloper in the 2,400 metre race, however, has since been replaced by Corey Brown.

The replacement comes after Oliver was accused of participating in a betting scandal in 2010, in which he allegedly bet $10,000 on a rival horse.

While My Quest For Peace’s camp would not verify there was a link between the switching of jockeys and the current allegations, they insist they have made the best decision for the horse.

OTI ownership syndicate manager, Terry Henderson, maintains that he is happy with his decision to call on multiple Group 1 winning jockey Corey Brown.

“We’ve chosen the best rider for the race and that is Corey Brown,” Henderson said.

Corey Brown is no stranger to big race wins, with his most recent win being in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap aboard Solzhenitsyn at Caulfield Racecourse last weekend.

He will attempt to guide My Quest To Peace to a win at what will be his first Australian race start in the Caulfield Cup this Saturday.

My Quest For Peace has won five of his 10 race starts and has earned more than $220,000 in prize money.

The Galileo entire’s most recent result was a win in the Listed Windflower March Stakes at Goodwood in England.

Prior to that, My Quest For Peace also won the Group 3 Glorious Stakes at the same race track.

My Quest For Peace was one of 23 horses to pay up for the final round of Caulfield Cup acceptances this morning.

The four-year-old is guaranteed a spot in the final field, which has an 18 horse limit.

The final field will be decided by the Melbourne Racing Club Committee today and will be released at 3pm (AEDT).

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