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Damien Oliver - Manikato Stakes Night at Moonee Valley Racecourse 24.09.2010

Damien Oliver: takes the ride on Americain in the Melbourne Cup

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Oliver admits to betting on rival horse say reports

Australia: According to published reports in Australia, top jockey Damien Oliver, set to ride Americain in Tuesday's Emirates Melbourne Cup, has admitted to betting on a rival horse in a race in 2010.

The Sydney Morning Herald website is reporting that Oliver expects to be banned for between nine and 12 months - but that he is also considering retiring to avoid a public hearing or any further sanction from Racing Victoria.

Oliver is said to have admitted to have breached the rules of racing by having a A$10,000 (£6,489) bet on rival horse Miss Octopussy at Moonee Valley two years ago.

The betting scandal involving Oliver, who rode Fiveandahalfstar to win the Victoria Derby on Saturday, has rocked Australian racing and cast a shadow over the Melbourne spring carnival.

Oliver lost the Melbourne Cup ride on Luca Cumani-trained My Quest for Peace and the Cox Plate mount on Green Moon after the allegations became public.

But he was booked to replace jocked-off Gerald Mosse on 2010 Melbourne Cup hero Americain, favourite for Tuesday's race.

There is no suggestion that Oliver acted to prevent his own mount, the second favourite Europa Point, from winning in the Moonee Valley contest at the centre of the storm.

According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, Oliver has appeared before stewards investigating the alleged incident.

The paper said Racing Victoria deputy chief steward Rob Montgomery confirmed Oliver had been interviewed by his panel, which included barrister Tony Burns and senior steward James Hitchcock.

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