Oliver’s record

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - GLENN McFAR­LANE

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.”

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