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Champion jockey loses Melbourne Cup ride

Champion jockey loses Melbourne Cup ride”

Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride last year's victor Almandin as the jockey seeks a first Melbourne Cup win.

Oliver did not comment on whether he would appeal the ban which will keep him out from after Sunday's meeting until November 16.

Oliver said he accepted the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board's decision.

Stewards alleged that Oliver rode his mount, Happy Clapper, in and made heavy contact with Royal Symphony and then continued to apply unnecessary pressure making contact with that colt on a number of occasions.

"There is no danger in this incident of anyone falling", he said.

Bailey argued that just because nothing happened, it did not mean the danger was not there. "Dean Yendall's instructions, he had others ideas, he wanted to follow the mare which he is entitled to do".

Oliver also gave evidence to the board and said he was trying to get in a better position, closer to the rails when the incident occurred.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey reported Oliver is set to contest the penalty, which is déjà vu from 12 months ago when Oliver received an identical sanction for reckless riding in the Blue Sapphire Stakes aboard Flying Artie - a suspension that cost him the Cox Plate ride on Vadamos.

"It was intentional. It was deliberate".

He was back in time for the Melbourne Cup in which he rode Exospheric because the eventual victor Almandin carried 52kg, well under Oliver's weight range.

Sydney based jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode Almandin to victory in the 2016 Melbourne Cup and the Robert Hickmott trained eight year old is the $6.50 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au for this year's running of the famous two miler.



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