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Oliver beats 11-meet ban
Damien Oliver

Damien Oliver is free to ride in this weekend's Turnbull Stakes meeting at Flemington after winning his appeal against an 11-meeting ban.

The WA jockey was suspended for three city and eight country meets after being found guilty of “excessively slowing, reducing or checking the speed of a race which causes either direct or indirect interference”.

Stewards ruled Oliver had breached the rule, which has resulted in only four suspensions in the past four years, on Elite Elle in Friday night’s Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley.

He was supposed to start his suspension at midnight on Wednesday, ruling him out of Saturday’s important Group One Turnbull Stakes meeting at Flemington.

Oliver beat the ban before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board this morning and is now free to rideon Saturday. He has a full book on the nine-event Flemington card, headlined by Rekindled Interest in the Group One Turnbull Stakes.

Oliver is also aboard leading Thousand Guineas contender Commanding Jewel in the Group Two Edward Manifold Stakes and Darley Raspberries in the Group Two Blazer Stakes.

“To give my horse every chance in the race I decided to steady the pace,” Oliver said during evidence at Monday’s inquiry.

“When I asked my horse to come back I felt it over-reacted.

“The fact that my horse over-reacted can’t be my fault.”

The West Australian

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