When you think of Australian racing jockeys, Damien Oliver is one of the first names that springs to mind. The West Australian hoop is always a factor on Melbourne Cup Day, but how many times has he actually won the race that stops a nation?
Damien Oliver Melbourne Cup wins
To date, Oliver has ridden a whopping 126 winners in Group 1 races over the course of his career. Three of those victories have come in the Melbourne Cup:
- Doreimus (1995)
- Media Puzzle (2002)
- Fiorente (2013)
The win aboard Media Puzzle in 2002 was especially memorable, as it came only two weeks after the death of his brother, Jason. The story was later chronicled in the 2011 feature film The Cup.
Damien Oliver’s Recent Melbourne Cup Rides
|2021||7/23||Delphi||Anthony & Sam Freedman||3||53.5kg||$19||13.35L|
|2020||8/23||Russian Camelot||Danny O’Brien||16||53.5kg||$13||3.95L|
|2018||23/24||Red Cardinal||Darren Weir||5||54kg||$31||69.55L|
|2015||8/24||The Offer||Gai Waterhouse||13||54kg||$31||3.3L|
|2014||14/22||Mutual Regard||Johnny Murtagh||11||55kg||$9||17.3L|
|2012||11/24||Americain||Alain de Royer Dupre||12||58kg||$7.50||6.5L|
Which horse is Damien Oliver riding in the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
Damien Oliver will ride the Mike Moroney-trained Alenquer, in what will be his final Melbourne Cup ride before he retires at the end of the year.
- Age: 6YO
- Color: Bay
- Sex: Gelding
- Sire: Adlerflug (GER)
- Dam: Wild Blossom (GER)
Alenquer 2023 Melbourne Cup Odds
Career stats for Alenquer
- Career: 18: 5-2-1
- Flemington: 0: 0-0-0
- Distance: 0: 0-0-0
- Wet: 8: 2-1-1
- Good: 9: 2-1-0
- Group 1: 11: 1-1-1
- Win %: 28%
- Place %: 44%