CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver took a slice of history with the last winner of the four-day Flemington Carnival yesterday, but still ended up with a 10-meeting suspension for his ride in the Mackinnon Stakes.
Oliver saluted on Danny O’Brien’s Order Of Command in the 37th — and last — race of the week to draw level with Bobby Lewis’s record of 72 wins during Cup week.
His celebrations were muted a little afterwards when he was suspended for his ride on Prized Icon in the Mackinnon Stakes, for causing interference at the 200m.
“It’s been a long carnival,” the 46-year-old said.
“A lot of placings for me, a lot of seconds.
“It’s nice to equal it (the carnival riding record) on a horse for Danny O’Brien. He’s a good friend; he’s been a good supporter.”
O’Brien said the best judge of champions in any sport was their longevity. “I knew Damien when he was a 16-year-old, he was still mucking out (stalls) at the Freedmans,” he said.
“To be still at the top of his craft so many years later is a credit to him.”