Damien Oliver has failed in his appeal against a reckless riding charge at the the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Friday morning and his 20-meeting suspension will stand.
Champion jockey Damien Oliver has lost a reckless riding appeal that rules him out of the spring carnival until Melbourne Cup day.
Oliver plead not guilty to the charge but was banned from 20 race meetings, starting after the Caulfield Cup and ending on October 31. - Bensley told Sports Today.
Stewards outed Oliver for his winning ride in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield on Wednesday judging he angled out at the 700m-mark on Flying Artie causing interference to another runner.
Oliver moved his mount out to challenge down the back straight, severely hampering another rival, Ken's Dream, ridden by Dean Yendall.
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He becomes just the second Victorian in a decade to be hit with a reckless riding suspension, and for the first time in his long and storied career.
Fellow jockey Chris Symons gave supporting evidence for Oliver, arguing that the racing manners of Flying Artie may have contributed to the incident as the inexperienced colt "rushed" when Oliver attempted to angle clear.
After an hour of deliberations the appeal was dismissed and, despite a submission on behalf of Oliver to reduce the verdict to 17 meetings so he could return for Derby Day, the RAD board declined to do so.
"There was a little bit more contact than I anticipated because the horse in front of me hadn't dropped down to the fence, but I couldn't believe it", he said.