An eight-time Scobie Breasley Medal winner and one of a select group to have completed the Grand Slam of Australian racing, the man affectionately known as “Ollie” is arguably Australia’s best-known jockey.
Since relocating to Victoria from Western Australia as a talented apprentice three decades ago, Oliver has become one of the country’s most successful riders with more than 100 Group 1 wins to his name. He is also one of only a handful of jockeys who have won Australian racing’s four majors: the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper. But his success is by no means restricted to the spring, with his Festival of Racing scalps including 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).
He formed a formidable partnership with Grunt over last year’s Festival of Racing, taking out both the Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes and the Group 1 Australian Guineas on the Mick Price-trained galloper.
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South Australia’s leading jockey for several seasons has moved to Melbourne in a bid to test herself against the best.
She created an enormous impression on her race debut at The Valley when flashing home from last place to win under jockey Beau Mertens.
Since notching his first win as trainer in 1991, Mick Price has had many Group 1 successes, claiming the Blue Diamond Stakes twice.