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.
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…
- Jockey probe fails to halt film (theage.com.au)
- Damien Oliver quizzed (heraldsun.com.au)
- Damien Oliver questioned by police (news.theage.com.au)
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.