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30/07/02 HOY: Damien Pips Scott to be Champion Jockey
0311doliver.jpg (7993 bytes)The race to be crowned the Champion Group One Jockey of the Season turned out to be a two horse race, but at the end it was Melbourne’s number one hoop Damien Oliver who was the victor.

Oliver was presented with his award at the Australian Racing Champins night at Crown Palladium in Melbourne just moments ago.

With Group One wins from a host of gallopers including Northerly, Don Eduardo, Amalfi, Defier, Falvelon, Mr. Murphy and Tully Thunder, Oliver finished the season with nine Group One winners.

As well as nine winners, he also rode eleven Group Two winners, six at Group Three level and 14 listed events - for a total of 40 stakes races.

Oliver won the Victoria Derby (Amalfi), Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Defier), Australian Derby (Don Eduardo), Doomben 10,000 (Falvelon), Eat Well Live Well Cup (Mr. Murphy), Australasian Oaks (Tully Thunder) and thanks to Northerly, the Underwood Stakes, Yalumba Stakes and Cox Plate.

0223doneduardo.jpg (8982 bytes)He also won the JJ Liston Stakes, Ascot Vale Stakes, JF Feehan Stakes, Norman Robinson Stakes, Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes, Sandown Guineas, Sandown Classic, Challenge Stakes, Shannons Classic and St George Stakes at Group Two level.

A multiple Scobie Breasley medal winner, Oliver scored a runaway win in this season's Melbourne premiership - even after sitting out for at least two months toward the end of the season.

Best known for linking with the older horses like Northerly, Mr. Murphy, Sky Heights and Defier, Oliver did win feature races on two-year-olds including Dama De Noche, Blur, Cyberiad and Pillaging.

0425greysong.jpg (10794 bytes)He also teamed up with some of the country's best three-year-olds. Among them were Amalfi, Grey Song, Our Kazz, Moon Dragon, Don Eduardo, Distinctly Secret, Tully Thunder, Warm Smytzer, North Boy, La Lagune, Galroof and Night Chaser.

Scott Seamer rose rapidly through the ranks and he had an amazing season which netted seven Group One wins including the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup and The BMW on Ethereal, the Golden Slipper on Calaway Gal, the Cadbury Guineas with Dash for Cash and the Mackinnon Stakes with La Bella Dama.

Interestingly Seamer only won 15 stakes races during the season in Australia - some 25 less than Oliver.

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