Legendary Jockey Damien Oliver’s Final Race Victory Sparks Controversy
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Legendary Jockey Damien Oliver’s Final Race Victory Sparks Controversy

Legendary Australian Jockey Damien Oliver Fined for Celebratory Gesture in Final Race Victory

Perth, Western Australia – 18 December 2023: Punters have expressed outrage over the “pathetic” decision by Ascot Racecourse stewards to fine legendary jockey Damien Oliver after his triumphant farewell race.

Oliver, an Australian horseracing icon, rode Munhamek to a resounding victory in his final career race at Ascot Racecourse in Perth over the weekend. While the 51-year-old jockey delighted the crowd with his celebrations, standing up in the saddle and punching the air as he crossed the finish line, the stewards deemed his actions a violation, slapping him with a $500 (£265) fine.

“Dreams do come true. That was unbelievable,” the elated Oliver said after the win, which marked his third victory on the day. During his illustrious career, the champion jockey is estimated to have earned over £133 million in prize money.

Fans and enthusiasts were quick to criticize the decision, with one social media user describing it as a “pathetic display from the Ascot stewards” and another arguing that the authorities “didn’t read the room” when it came to Oliver’s well-deserved celebration.

The veteran jockey, who was denied a record-equaling fourth Melbourne Cup victory last month, said he couldn’t think of a better way to conclude his long and successful career. “It’s a great win, an unbelievable feeling. I couldn’t think of a better way to finish it off,” he remarked.

Despite the controversial fine, Oliver’s farewell race at Ascot Racecourse, witnessed by a massive crowd, will undoubtedly remain a cherished moment in the annals of Australian horseracing history.

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