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Oliver appeal dismissed
30 Oct 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

The Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Monday has dismissed the appeal of jockey Damien Oliver against the decision of the stewards when he was found guilty of a charge of improper riding on his mount Happy Clapper in the Cox Plate.

Judge Bowman (Chair), Darren McGee, Jeremy Rosenthal.
Terry Bailey appeared on behalf of the Racing Victoria stewards.
Paul O'Sullivan of Bale Boshev Lawyers appeared on behalf of Mr Oliver.

At Moonee Valley on Saturday 28 October 2017, Damien Oliver was found guilty of a charge of improper riding on his mount Happy Clapper in Race 9 the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (Group 1, 2040m).

The improper riding being that improper riding being that passing the 100m on the first occasion, he rode his mount in and made heavy contact with Royal Symphony and then continued to apply unnecessary pressure making contact with Royal Symphony on a number of occasions, forcing that colt in a number of horses off its rightful running to a point near the winning post on the first occasion.

Mr Oliver had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight on Sunday, 29 October 2017 and to expire at the conclusion of the day meeting on Thursday, 16 November 2017 - a total of 20 race meetings (5 metro, 15 provincial).

In assessing penalty Stewards took into account the seriousness of the charge however made allowances for the feature meetings he will miss.

A Notice of Appeal against the decision and severity of the penalty was lodged on Sunday, 29 October 2017. A stay of proceedings was not requested.

DECISION: Appeal against decision dismissed.
Mr Oliver withdrew the appeal against penalty.

The original penalty of 20 meetings stands, having commenced at midnight on Sunday, 29 October 2017 and expiring at the conclusion of the day meeting on Thursday, 16 November 2017.


 
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