Australian horse racing nice Damien Oliver is about to retire after this 12 months’s Spring Racing Carnival.
The 51-year-old jockey, who has ridden an astonishing 3,167 winners in his illustrious profession, introduced the information on social media on Wednesday morning. Oliver will dangle up the silks following Perth’s summer season carnival.
Arguably the nation’s most well-known racing id, Oliver is a winner of a file 128 Group 1 races, which incorporates three Melbourne Cups.
“After about 35 years of using, I’ve determined that that is going to be my final spring carnival,” Oliver stated. “I am unable to maintain going endlessly. I assumed Melbourne Spring Carnival has all the time been so good to me. It is sort of the place I might like to offer it an actual good crack, however then I am going to in all probability go on from there and end up in Perth the place it began for me. So I am going to trip the Perth Carnival as effectively.
“I achieved a lot greater than I ever anticipated to as a younger child leaving Perth. It is a sport and a way of life that served me so effectively over a protracted time frame and I really feel fairly fortunate that it is given me the whole lot I’ve bought and it is taken just a little bit away from me as effectively, a father and a brother, but it surely’s actually been actually good to me as effectively.”
Oliver’s most well-known triumph was his win on Media Puzzle within the 2022 Melbourne Cup, the place he saluted to the skies following the tragic passing of his brother Jason simply days previous to the race that stops the nation.
“Once you get contained in the rail, it is simply you on the horse and also you’re simply concentrating on what you are doing and that race simply labored out excellent for me,” he stated of that race.
“I did not understand on the time what kind of occasion and the feelings that it will stir, however I used to be so glad that I used to be in a position to do it and pull it off as a result of it was a fantastic legacy to my brother who was an enormous inspiration to me and turning into a jockey and the success I have been.”
Oliver, who can be the winner of 4 Caulfled Cups and two Cox Plates, has netted greater than $256M million in prize cash.