"A seven-time Scobie Breasley Medal winner, 'Ollie' is arguably Australia's best-known rider having won the Grand Slam of Australian racing."
If there's a race worth winning in Australia, chances are that Damien Oliver has won it. Having relocated to Victoria from Western Australia as a talented apprentice, 'Ollie' has been one of country's premier riders for nearly three decades and boasts more than 100 Group 1 victories, a feat that has seen him awarded the coveted Scobie Breasley Medal - Victorian racing's equivalent of the Brownlow Medal - a record seven times.
He's also one of only a handful of jockeys to have claimed Australian racing's Grand Slam - wins in each of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper. But Oliver's success isn't limited to the spring and his Festival of Racing scalps in years gone by include the Black Caviar Lightning (five wins including Schillaci in 1992 and 1993), Newmarket Handicap (three wins including Alinghi in 2005), Blue Diamond Stakes (Alinghi in 2004), Australian Cup (Fiorente in 2014) and the William Reid Stakes (Apache Cat in 2009). Among other horses that he'll combine with over the coming months, he'll be chasing another Australian Guineas crown aboard progressive colt Levendi.
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