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Oliver Suspension Upheld

Wednesday, 26th October 2016

Champion jockey Damien Oliver has lost his bid to have his reckless riding ban reduced so he can ride at Saturday's Victoria Derby meeting. Racing Victoria stewards suspended Oliver for a total of 20 meetings for his winning ride on Flying Artie in the Gr3 MRC Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 12 October. Judge Pamela Jenkins, of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), yesterday upheld the entire suspension describing it as "appropriate" in the circumstances. "Although no injuries or death in fact resulted, the actions of the applicant created a potential risk of real and grave consequences," Judge Jenkins said. "It is imperative that jockeys expect to be dealt with severely in terms of such potential risks and not be prepared to take such risks, as the applicant so clearly was prepared to do, in the hope of avoiding serious consequences." Her Honour added: "In the circumstances I would regard such penalty as the minimum appropriate to give effect to the above sentencing objectives."

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