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Oliver Wins Scobie Breasley Medal
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Damien Oliver cemented his status as a legend of Australian racing when he won a record seventh Scobie Breasley Medal in Melbourne last night, reports racingvictoria.net.au. Despite missing a quarter of the season as a result of suspension and riding overseas, Oliver amassed 58 votes to win the coveted award over runner-up and Victorian Jockeys' Premiership winner Brad Rawiller on 44 votes. For the sixth time in his career Craig Newitt (38) filled a top three position on the vote tally, taking third place ahead of previous winner Glen Boss (29) and veteran Dwayne Dunn (28). Oliver, who had previously won the Medal in its 1996 inauguration, as well as in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, secured the top votes from stewards at 14 meetings last season. The award provided the highlight on a memorable night for the 42YO hoop who also collected the inaugural Roy Higgins Medal as the winner of last season's Victorian Metropolitan Jockeys' Premiership.