His­toric win for vet­eran Oliver

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - GLENN MC­FAR­LANE

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.

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