Happier times . . . Damien Oliver celebrates winning the
AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington in Melbourne earlier this
month. Photo Getty Images
Leading Australian jockey Damien Oliver has been charged
with two offences related to placing a bet on another horse two
The 40-year-old, who admitted to the wager, was stood down
from the sport immediately pending a hearing on November 20,
Racing Victoria (RV) said on its website.
"The admission and charges follow an investigation by
stewards into allegations Mr Oliver bet on favourite and race
winner Miss Octopussy at Moonee Valley on 1 October 2010, a
race in which he finished sixth on second favourite Europa
Point," the statement read.
Allegations that Oliver had placed the bet surfaced in local
newspapers on the day of last week's Melbourne Cup,
Australia's richest and most celebrated thoroughbred horse
The reports said the jockey placed an $A10,000 bet on Miss
Octopussy but RV officials on Tuesday did not specify the
size of the wager.
Oliver finished 11th on 2010 winner Americain in last week's