Top Australian jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months
Last Updated: November 20, 2012 10:58am
Damian Oliver: Banned for 10 months after 2010 bet
Top Australian jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months and suspended for a further two months following a hearing in Melbourne where he admitted to betting on a rival's horse.
Oliver is best known in Britain and Ireland for riding Dermot Weld's 2002 Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle and also won Australia's premier handicap event on Doriemus in 1995.
However he received his suspension after admitting to betting A$10,000 on a rival horse via a third party at Moonee Valley in October 2010.
Miss Octopussy duly won the race while Oliver was sixth on second-favourite Europa Point.
The Australian was also charged with having in his possession, and using, a mobile phone in the jockeys' room prior to the race, for which the Racing Victoria stewards handed him a two-month suspension.
Racing Victoria chairman Michael Duffy said: "It is my belief that the penalty delivered in today's stewards' inquiry was appropriate given the cooperation afforded by Mr Oliver and the matters put forward on his behalf in mitigation of
"The result of today's stewards' inquiry has sent a powerful message to the jockey profession that there is a zero tolerance of any breaches of the prohibition on betting.
"The matter involving Damien Oliver and Miss Octopussy is now closed. However, it should be noted that the Committee's inquiries into other matters raised during the investigation are ongoing."