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Oliver Caulfield Cup Dumping Plays Out In Public
Despite the elation of riding Commanding Jewel to a Gr1 victory yesterday, embattled jockey Damien Oliver's day at Caulfield was clouded by a meeting with OTI co-principal Terry Henderson in the Stewards room, reports theage.com.au. Oliver, dumped from his riding engagement on My Quest For Peace in Saturday's Caulfield Cup by owners OTI (due to betting allegations facing Oliver), is demanding a percentage of any prizemoney earned by My Quest For Peace in the race. The report states: "Stewards asked Henderson to explain why Oliver had been dumped from My Quest For Peace. Henderson said he didn't want to sully the brand of OTI Racing and expose his fellow owners and his international trainer, Luca Cumani, to a possible media circus and any ongoing fallout." Despite also having a "firm booking" to ride My Quest For Peace in the Melbourne Cup, Oliver is not making a similar claim as he says, "There is still plenty of time until the Melbourne Cup and I can still get another ride in that event - it wouldn't be right for me to ask for that fee". Victoria's Stewards have reserved a decision, with Chief Steward Terry Bailey advising both parties: "This is an unusual case, it is unique, and we will let you know our decision before Saturday". Watch this space!