Historic win for veteran Oliver
CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver grabbed another slice of history with the last winner of the four-day Flemington Carnival yesterday, equalling legendary hoop Bobbie Lewis’ record of 72 wins during Cup week.
Oliver ended what had been a frustrating week in the best possible manner when he saluted on Danny O’Brien’s Order Of Command in the 37th race of the week to draw level with Lewis.
“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 of Oliver: “Champions in any sport, the big judge of them is their longevity. I knew Damien when he was a 16-year-old, he was still mucking out (stalls) at the Freedmans.
“To be still at the top of his craft so many years later is a credit to him.”
South Australia’s Kerrin McEvoy was aiming to win the VRC Sprint Classic on board two-time The Everest winner Redzel, but only managed to finish mid-field.
RECORD: Damien Oliver.