Oliver free to ride Emirates Stakes Day after Oaks Day suspension

Carnival headline jockey Damien Oliver will be free to ride on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington on Saturday after receiving a ten meeting careless riding suspension from the Oaks Day meeting on Thursday.

Damien Oliver will ride at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day before comencing a careless riding suspension. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Damien Oliver will ride at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day before comencing a careless riding suspension. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Oliver won the Group 3 $200,000 Gucci Stakes (1100m) on Onemorezeta but pleaded guilty for allowing the Kris Lees trained filly to shift out at the 200m causing interference to Craig Williams on Dual Star.

Racing Victoria Stewards suspended Oliver for ten meeting with his time out of the saddle commencing at midnight on November 8 and ending at midnight on November 17.

Oliver was full of praise for Onemorezeta after her win and predicts a bright future for the three year old filly.

“She is a brave little filly,” Oliver said.

“That Eloping is very hard to get past, but she managed to wear her down.

“She is still a little bit wayward, it is only early in her career, but I think that she has a bright future.

Oliver is riding in outstanding form and rounded off Oaks Day with a winning double after guiding the John Sadler trained Vain Queen to a three and half lengths victory in the Group 3 $200,000 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m).

The multiple Scobie Breasley medal winner kicked off the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival is phenomenon fashion with a Group 1 winning double on Derby Day at Flemington last Saturday.

Oliver drove the tough weight for age performer Happy Trails to a last stride win in the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) then came out and repeated the result with narrow victory on the Chris Waller trained Preferment in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m).

The Melbourne Cup winning jockey has seven rides at Flemington on Saturday, including rides in both the Group 1 races. He will ride Cluster for Peter and Paul Snowden in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) and Bull Point for Chris Waller in the Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m).

The premiership winning jockey will also be aboard first starter Sailing By in the Group 3 $150,000 racing.com Maribyrnong Plate (1000m), Excess Knowledge in the $100,000 Antler Luggage Handicap (1600m), Pressing in the Listed $150,000 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m), Le Roi in the Group 3 $300,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) and Suavito in the Group 2 $300,000 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m).

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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