Oliver dropped from Racing Victoria promo gigs

Whilst the suppression orders are apparently keeping things quiet, it seems Oliver has “Suddenly” lost favour with the Victorian Racing Authorities…Now why would they dump him as the “Face” of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and other events? Interesting indeed…

Oliver, not so cool it seems?

THE fallout continues for champion jockey Damien Oliver as the police investigation continues into an alleged criminal offence.

It is believed Oliver has been dumped from several ambassadorial roles and other public engagements as uncertainty clouds the Melbourne Cup winner’s image.

Oliver was to have been a key part of the celebrations of the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, but it is understood that has been scrapped.

Racing Victoria refused to comment on Oliver’s exit from promotional work. Good to see everybody shit scared to say anything

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Can you believe the Damien Oliver rumours?


A COURT hearing relating to a criminal investigation linked to dual Melbourne Cup winner Damien Oliver was held yesterday – but details cannot be revealed because of a suppression order.

The champion jockey, 38, has been assisting police with the investigation, which is not linked to his stellar racing career. He has not been charged.

Oliver is expected to return to the track at Moonee Valley tonight after withdrawing from four rides at Sandown on Wednesday.

Star Jockey Damien Oliver questioned by Melbourne detectives, BUT WHY

Well this story is growing legs quicker than the Delhi Games withdrawal of athletes. If checked out a few dozen sources from around the traps and if half of them are any where near the truth Damien Oliver will be in far more strife than dropping a few rides at the track. I’m talking doing time behind bars. Now anyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty but I have it that he is being handled very favourably thus far by the press but not for very much longer.

Lets just say Oliver has been known for being a bit of a womaniser out and about. The story goes that he has maybe crossed the line between what is legal and illegal, and it may have something to do with age. All of this of course is allegedly as I want to cover my ass but the other people involved may not be what one would call strangers either. Now we know Oliver is married and has children, has that got anything to do with it?

Stay tuned…this story is about to be blown wide open… What may become of the 25 million dollar movie revolving around Oliver’s heroic ride on media Puzzle to win the Melbourne Cup days after his brother died, catapulting him into an Australian sporting legend remains to be seen…

A six-time Scobie Breasley Medallist and Hall Of Fame inductee, Oliver has won 91 Group One races including two Melbourne Cups on Doriemus (1995) and Media Puzzle (2002).

His fairytale win on Media Puzzle, days after the tragic death of his brother Jason in a riding accident, has been made into a film, The Cup, which was shot earlier this year and is due for release early in 2011.

Damien Oliver in Criminal Investigation

The rumour mill went into overdrive at Sandown races today as news spread about the reason behind Oliver not riding his three mounts today and as to why he is being investigated by the Victorian Police.

CHAMPION hoop Damien Oliver, who is embroiled in a police investigation, has forgone his rides at today's Sandown meeting.

CHAMPION hoop Damien Oliver, who is embroiled in a police investigation, has forgone his rides at today’s Sandown meeting.

Oliver’s manager, Mark Van Triet, contacted Racing Victoria Limited stewards to inform them his client would not be fulfilling any of his three rides.

Bailey declined to elaborate on the reason given by Oliver.

He said Oliver would not be required to provide a medical certificate before he next rode.

Oliver is scheduled to ride at Friday night’s Group 1 meeting at Moonee Valley.

The 38-year-old is helping police with their inquiries into a criminal investigation and agreed to meet detectives on Monday.

He has not been charged with an offence but the probe could interfere with his preparations for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

Geelong Supt Peter O’Neill said Oliver had spoken to police and investigations were continuing.

Insp Pat Whelan, from Geelong Police Station, also confirmed Oliver had spoken to detectives.

Oliver is a winner of 91 Group 1 races, a six-time Scobie Breasley medallist and an inductee of Australian Racing’s Hall Of Fame.

It is believed Racing Victoria has offered him counselling.

The matter is not related to the racing industry and the Herald Sun has chosen not to reveal its nature for legal reasons.

Acting on legal advice, Oliver would not comment when contacted by the Herald Sun. “I’ve got no comment to make,” Oliver said.

Specialist crime unit investigators, who interviewed Oliver, are speaking to several witnesses.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said he had not been briefed about the probe.

“I’ve heard rumours,” he said.

“It’s difficult to comment until then. We have to find out the facts first.

“It’s in the hands of the police and if and when it becomes official we’ll deal with it then.”

RVL chief Rob Hines would not be drawn on the issue.

“I have one thing to say about this whole story and that’s ‘I have no comment on the circumstances surrounding these rumours that are about at the moment’,” Mr Hines said.

Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief Des O’Keeffe had no comment.

Speculation has been swirling around the racing industry across Australia and overseas.

Oliver is one of the few jockeys to win racing’s Grand Slam – a Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

His Melbourne Cup win on Media Puzzle in 2002 is one of the nation’s greatest sporting moments. It came just days after his brother, Jason, died after falling from a horse in Western Australia.

Oliver’s father, Ray, was also killed in a horse fall.

A film is being made about the inspirational victory on Media Puzzle.