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Podcast: What champion jockey Damien Oliver has learned from triumph and tragedy


Champion jockey Damien Oliver is a legend of Australian horse racing with a fascinating story.

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‘Oli' is a three time winner of the Melbourne Cup, along with multiple Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate victories. He’s am eight-time Scobie Breasley Medal winner, a 10-time winner of the Victorian premiership and was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 2008. Total prize money for horses ridden by Oliver exceeds $118 million.


But it hasn’t been an easy ride. When Damien was three his father died in a racing accident, and in the week leading up to the 2002 Melbourne Cup, his brother lost his life in a training accident.

He almost missed the race, but found a way to not only join the field, but win the Cup. Damien talks us through the emotion of what has become one of Australia’s great sporting moments and the ultimate tribute to his brother.

Damien also opens up about the illegal betting scandal that threatened his career and tarnished his reputation, and the personal circumstances that led to the controversy.

Oli talks about rebuilding and resilience, horror injuries, family life, key relationships in racing, the commercial world for a jockey .. and exactly what it’s like to ride in the race that stops a nation.

This episode is hosted by Andrew Montesi and Matthew Pavlich.

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