Damien Oliver is an Australian thoroughbred racing jockey. Oliver comes from a racing family. Oliver's riding career started in 1988 and he completed his apprenticeship with Lindsey Rudland and Lee Freedman, his first win as an apprentice was in March 1988 on Mr. Gudbud, at Bunbury, Western Australia and his first feature race win was the AJC Warwick Stakes, he suffered a series of injuries including a broken spine in 1996, sustained in a fall at Moonee Valley. He returned to riding after that back injury and rode the Japanese horse Pop Rock in the 2006 Melbourne Cup, which finished second to stablemate Delta Blues. In the 2007 Melbourne Cup, he placed second to Efficient on English horse Purple Moon. Oliver has won the Melbourne Cup three times, on Doriemus Media Puzzle and Fiorente, the Caulfield Cup on Mannerism, Paris Lane and Sky Heights, the Cox Plate on Dane Ripper and Northerly and the Blue Diamond Stakes, he was the regular rider of Lee Freedman's champion sprinter Schillaci and top filly Alinghi.
In the 2007 Golden Slipper, Damien completed the grand slam of Australian racing by winning the two-year-old race on the John Hawkes trained Forensics. On 22 September 2010, Oliver pulled out of rides at a Sandown meeting, while helping police with their inquiries into a criminal investigation. In 2011, The Cup, a biopic starring Stephen Curry, was released, it covered Oliver's relationships with the 2002 Melbourne Cup win on Media Puzzle. In 2013, Oliver won his third Melbourne Cup riding the favourite, Fiorente; this ride was his 100th Group 1 win. The victory was trainer Gai Waterhouse's first victory in the Melbourne Cup; as of 17 August 2014, Oliver has ridden in 7070 races and been placed in 2970 races including 1199 wins. Total prize money for horses ridden by Oliver is over $118 million; as of 27 July 2015, Oliver has ridden 760 rides in 2015 for 116 wins - averaging a winner every 6.6 rides. In 2012, Oliver was accused of placing a $10,000 bet on a rival horse, Miss Octopussy, to beat a horse he was riding, Europa Point, in the same race at Moonee Valley Racecourse on 1 October 2010.
Europa Point finished sixth but stewards had no issue with the way Oliver rode his horse, saying there was no change from the usual racing pattern or any other reason to doubt the integrity of the ride. It was subsequently revealed; the alleged incident was not discovered until 2012, during an investigation into the racing industry. He was subsequently dropped from the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon in the 2012 Cox Plate and 2012 Melbourne Cup although he did ride in the 2012 Cup Carnival, a move that annoyed some members of the public and racing industry, he won the Victoria Emirates Stakes. On 13 November 2012, Oliver was formally charged with the alleged offence. On 20 November 2012 he was banned for eight months for the illegal bet and received an additional two months' suspension for using a mobile phone in the area of the jockeys room against the rules, he was unable to ride in races until 13 September 2013. On his return to race riding, Oliver tasted success culminating in his Melbourne Cup winning ride.
There has been discussion on whether Oliver's sentence was adequate and the sentence for this offence has increased since. Had it occurred in 2013, he would have been suspended for two years for the same offence. Damien Oliver has won Racing Victoria's Scobie Breasley Medal eight times; the award recognises excellence in race riding on Melbourne racetracks. In 2014, he won the inaugural Roy Higgins Medal as the winner of the Victorian jockeys’ premiership. Oliver won the 2014/15 Melbourne Jockey's Premiership after riding 60 race winners, it was Oliver's 10th win of the award, trailing only Roy Higgins and Bill Duncan who have won the award 11 times. Oliver is married to Trish and they have three children, they live in the Melbourne suburb of Port Melbourne. Oliver's elder brother Jason was a jockey; the horse was found to have been administered phenylbutazone prior to the trial and this was thought to be a contributing factor in the accident. Oliver supports the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League.
Adelaide Cup - Sheer Kingston AJC Derby - Don Eduardo All Aged Stakes - Hurricane Sky.
Johnny Murtagh is an Irish flat racing jockey and trainer from Bohermeen, County Meath. He has won many of the major flat races in Europe, including all the Irish Classics, all the Group 1 Races at Royal Ascot, The Derby, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Europe's biggest race the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he has been Irish flat racing Champion Jockey five times. Murtagh was once Irish boy's under-14 boxing champion, he came close to joining Blackburn Rovers’ youth football team. In an RTÉ radio interview, Johnny stated that at a fight one evening in his native County Meath, a spectator advised his mother that Johnny would make a good jockey, citing his small size, good balance, sense of rhythm, courage, his mother wrote to the Racing Academy and Centre of Education in County Kildare, a school for apprentice jockeys, got a two-week trial for her son. After persuasion by friends, he joined, he was one of 26 successful candidates. In the same RTÉ interview, Johnny stated that he knew riding was for him as soon as he stepped into the world of horses.
From the trial, he got on the ten-month training course, within a year, he was apprenticed to John Oxx, one of Ireland’s leading trainers. Murtagh rode his first winner, Chicago Style, at Limerick in 1987, he became stable jockey to Oxx in 1992, from until his departure in 2003, rode 18 Group One winners for the Oxx's leading owner, the Aga Khan. For Oxx, Murtagh rode Sinndar to win The Derby and Irish Derby, as well as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2000, he won the Derby again on the Michael Bell trained Motivator. Johnny was the regular jockey for talented filly Soviet Song. In 2004, the partnership won two Group 1 races, including the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Here she beat a strong field of colts, including the 2,000 Guineas winner Haafhd. From 2008 to 2010, he was stable jockey for Coolmore, taking over from the drug-banned Kieren Fallon, he had been riding for them on an ad-hoc basis since 2002, most notably winning the Derby on High Chaparral in 2002. In 2008, he rode 19 Group One winners in a single season for O'Brien, followed it up in 2009 with another 10, including the Irish Derby, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup, St. James's Palace Stakes and an Irish 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas double.
He resigned his post as stable jockey to Coolmore in November 2010, issuing a statement via his agent to say he had informed Coolmore he wouldn't be renewing his contract. No reason was given but there was speculation that O'Brien was looking for another jockey, on his recent return from the Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs, where he had ridden four losers for O'Brien, one bookmaker had been offering odds on his replacement, his last Group One winner for the team was Roderic O'Connor in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on 31 October 2010. This meant he was back riding for John Oxx who trained 90 of the Aga Khan's horses, additionally for Mick Halford who trained 30. "I am thrilled to be renewing my association with His Highness' horses in Ireland," Murtagh said in a statement. We have shared some fantastic moments over the years and I have always enjoyed riding in the green and red colours; this will give me an opportunity to ride for John Oxx again. I started off riding for Mr Oxx and it has always been a pleasure to be part of his Currabeg team."He announced his retirement on 25 February 2014, citing that it was to concentrate on his training career.
He is married to Orla, daughter of famous Tipperary hurler Michael "Babs" Keating, has five children. Caroline, Lauren and Tom. Caroline is finished secondary school. Charles is in secondary school at Clongowes Wood College. Lauren is a boarder in The Ursuline Secondary School Thurles. Tom and Grace are still in primary school. Ireland Irish 1,000 Guineas - - Again Irish 2,000 Guineas - - Black Minnaloushe, Henrythenavigator, Mastercraftsman Irish Champion Stakes - - Timarida Irish Derby - - Sinndar, Alamshar and Glory, Cape Blanco Irish Oaks - - Ebadiyla, Petrushka, Peeping Fawn, Chicquita Irish St. Leger - - Jukebox Jury Matron Stakes - - Timarida, Soviet Song, Lillie Langtry Moyglare Stud Stakes - - Edabiya National Stakes - - Manntari, Mastercraftsman Phoenix Stakes - - Mastercraftsman, Alfred Nobel, Zoffany Pretty Polly Stakes - - Takarouna, Ambivalent Tattersalls Gold Cup - - Notnowcato, Duke of Marmalade and Glory Canada E. P. Taylor Stakes - - Choc Ice, Mrs Lindsay France Critérium International - - Roderic O'Connor Critérium de Saint-Cloud - - Fame and Glory, Recital Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp - - Namid, Total Gallery Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - - Sinndar Prix du Cadran - - Give Notice Prix de Diane – – Valyra Prix Ganay - - Duke of Marmalade Prix Marcel Boussac - - Misty For Me Prix Morny - - Bushranger Prix du Moulin de Longchamp - - Ridgewood Pearl Prix de l'Opéra - - Timarida, Petrushka Prix Royal-Oak - - Yeats Prix Vermeille - - Mrs Lindsay Germany Bayerisches Zuchtrennen - - Timarida, Greek Dance Great Britain 2,000 Guineas - - Rock of Gibraltar, Henrythenavigator Ascot Gold Cup - - Enzeli, Royal Rebel, Yeats Champion Stakes - - Kalani
Darren Beadman is an Australian champion jockey. In 2007 at age 41 he was the youngest jockey to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, being the first to do so while still active. Beadman first gained notice while winning the Sydney apprentice jockeys' title in his first season of 1982-83, managing to finish second in 1983-84 and winning again in 1984-85. Beadman piloted Inspired to the winning post in 1984 in taking Australia's premier two-year-old event, the Golden Slipper Stakes, for his first group 1 win, he duplicated that feat on Guineas in 1997. While still a teenager he rode in France for John Fellows winning the 1985 Prix Morny on Regal State. Beadman is a seven-time Sydney jockey premiership winner and has won most of Australia's biggest races, he holds the record for the highest number of wins in the metropolitan area with 164. He recorded that feat in the 2007/2008 season; such wins include Melbourne Cup wins for trainer Bart Cummings on Kingston Rule and Saintly and Golden Slipper victories aboard Inspired and Guineas in 1997.
He won the Cox Plate on Saintly in 1996. Furthermore, he rode Super Impose to the Doncaster Handicap/Epsom Handicap double in 1991, he rode Octagonal and Lonhro to a number of Group 1 wins including the Australian Cup and the AJC Derby on Octagonal. In 2008, Beadman was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, the only Jockey to be inducted whilst still competing, he won the triple crown on Octagonal in Sydney's three-year-old autumn triple crown - the Canterbury and Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby In 1997, Beadman aged 31, retired from racing and studied to become a pastor. In 2000 he came out of retirement. Beadman moved to Hong Kong in 2007 to become the stable jockey for John Moore in Hong Kong and helped the trainer to his first premiership in 20 years. Beadman has ridden more than 250 winners in Hong Kong including Hong Kong International Bowl twice, the CXHK Sprint, the MBHK Derby. In February 2012 Beadman suffered a serious head injury at Sha Tin Racecourse. Beadman fell.
Beadman suffered a broken cheekbone from the fall. He underwent rehabilitation for his injury in Sydney; as a result of the injuries sustained in the barrier trial fall in Hong Kong, Beadman announced his retirement from race riding in October 2012. In 2014 it was announced that Beadman had taken up a position as an assistant trainer with the Darley Racing organisation under head trainer John O'Shea. In May 2017, Beadman became the interim head trainer for the Australian Godolphin stable after the resignation of John O'Shea. During his time as head trainer for the Australian Godolphin stable, Beadman had 233 runners, for 36 winners; this included the winner of the 2017 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap with 3 year old colt'Impending'. Beadman held this position for two months. Beadman remains as an assistant trainer to Cummings in the Godolphin stable. AJC Derby - Octagonal.
Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori, MBE is an Italian horse racing jockey based in the United Kingdom. Dettori has been Champion Jockey on three occasions and has ridden the winners of more than 500 Group races, his most celebrated achievement was riding all seven winners on British Champions' Day at Ascot in 1996. He is the son of the Sardinian jockey Gianfranco Dettori, a prolific winner in Italy, he has been described by Lester Piggott as the best jockey riding. Since the end of 2012, Dettori has been operating as a freelance, having split with Godolphin Racing, for whom he was stable jockey and had most of his big race victories. On 5 December 2012, he was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine. During this absence, he took part in the 11th series of the UK reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother finishing seventh on Day 21. Born in Milan, Dettori's first experience with horses was at the age of twelve, his father bought him a Palomino pony.
This had some impact on him. When he was 13 Dettori left school to become a stable apprentice jockey; the following year he went to Great Britain where he apprenticed with trainer Luca Cumani at Newmarket in 1985 and became a stable jockey soon after. In 1990 Dettori became the first teenager since Lester Piggott to ride 100 winners in one season, his first win came at the age of 16 in Turin in November 1986, while his first victory in Britain was the following June. Further success followed, with numerous winners in Group 1 races. On 28 September 1996 he achieved the feat of winning all seven races on a single day at Ascot Racecourse. In a 2010 interview with the BBC's Newsnight, he admitted that he used to take diuretic drugs to keep his weight down. Dettori said he had used a wide range of substances before the Jockey Club banned them in June 1998 after a spate of positive drug tests revealed how prevalent their use was becoming: "I took Lasix, pee pills, laxatives. On 1 June 2000 Dettori was injured when the Piper Seneca on which he was traveling crashed near Newmarket.
A police spokesman commented "It would seem to be a miracle that anyone got out of the crash alive". On 29 December of the same year he received an honorary MBE. Dettori was the retained jockey for the Godolphin racing stables, but it was announced in September 2012, that the retainer would not be renewed in 2013, he is well known for his distinctive "flying dismounts". He quit his position as a team captain on the BBC quiz A Question of Sport in 2003, when he was stung by a question from a participant as to when he retired from riding. Since that time he has rededicated himself to riding, he was rewarded for his newfound dedication by becoming the British Champion Jockey in 2004. The Epsom Derby was the only British Classic Race Dettori had not won in his career, until his fifteenth attempt on 2 June 2007 on the Peter Chapple-Hyam trained Authorized; the following day he won the Prix du Jockey Club on Lawman. In 2007 Dettori became the face of "Jockey" yoghurt, sold across Europe, but popular in France.
Controversial at first for its sweet flavour, Dettori's advertising campaign: "Frankie know whatta you alike!" – has seen sales rise slightly. In November 2012, he faced an inquiry following a failed drugs test while riding in France in September, on 5 December 2012, Dettori was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance believed to be cocaine. In a statement, his lawyer said he "also accepts that he has let down the sport he loves and all those associated with it, as well as the wider public". In January 2013, Dettori was the fifth to be evicted on the eleventh series of the British reality show, Celebrity Big Brother. After serving his six-month ban, Dettori made his racing comeback at Epsom on the 31 May 2013. A week he won his first race riding Asian Trader at Sandown. On 31 June 2013 Dettori signed a deal. By the end of the 2017 season, he had ridden more than 3,000 winners in Great Britain, over 750 more than the next active jockey. Dettori has stated "I am 5 ft 4 inches and weigh 9 st 9 lb but I have to sometimes go down to 8 st 6 lb."Like many other jockeys and trainers Dettori lives in Stetchworth near to Newmarket, Suffolk with his wife Catherine and their five children: Leo.
An ardent Anglophile, he thrives on English culture: Dettori is an avid Arsenal supporter. He has a line of frozen Italian food. In 2004, he opened a restaurant, Frankie's Italian Bar and Grill in Putney, London with renowned chef Marco Pierre White, their partnership has another three restaurants in London and one in Dubai. In 2000, Dettori and Ray Cochrane were aboard a Piper Seneca plane which crashed on take off at Newmarket on its way to Goodwood in Sussex, killing the pilot. Dettori escaped with a fractured right ankle and an injured thumb, spent some weeks in Addenbrooke's Hospital. Thieves stole many of his medals from his home on the evening of 25 August 2006. Items missing include three Gold Cups awarded in Japan, his MBE. Great Britain 1,000 Guineas – – Cape Verdi, Blue Bunting 2,000 Guineas – – Mark of Esteem, Island Sands, Galileo Gold Ascot Gold Cup – – Drum Taps, Kayf Tara, Colour Vision, Stradivarius British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes - - Journey Champion Stakes - - Cracksman Cheveley Park Stakes – – Regal Rose (2000
2014 Melbourne Cup
The 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup was the 154th running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race. The race, run over 3,200 metres, was held on 4 November 2014, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Protectionist, ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by German Andreas Wöhler, won the race by four lengths, becoming the first German-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup. Red Cadeaux placed second and Who Shot Thebarman third, with Red Cadeaux the first horse to place second on three occasions; the total prize money for the race was A$6.2 million, with the winner receiving $3.6 million, as well as a solid gold trophy valued at $175,000. Hosted by the Victoria Racing Club, the Melbourne Cup was one of four major Group-1 races held at Flemington during the Spring Racing Carnival. An estimated $800 million was wagered on the race, attended by 100,794 people; the field for the 2014 Melbourne Cup consisted of 24 horses, with the barrier draw conducted three days prior to the race, after the conclusion of the Victoria Derby meeting.
The field was one of the oldest in the race's history, with an average age of 6.8 years. Unusually, only two horses in the race were bred in Australia, though a majority of trainers and jockeys were from Australia. Jockeys Glyn and Chad Schofield became the first father and son in the race since 1968, when George and Gary Moore both rode. Sea Moon was scratched the day after suffering from an ailment. English horse Cavalryman was scratched on the morning of the race due to foreleg swelling. † Indicates race favourite Race favourite Admire Rakti placed last and died shortly after the race from cardiac arrest following ventricular fibrillation. Another horse, shattered a hind pastern when frightened by a spectator after the race, he was euthanised. List of Melbourne Cup winners 154th Melbourne Cup Carnival 2014 website
Brett Prebble is a leading Australian jockey based at the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Hong Kong. Prebble was born in Melbourne on 23 September 1977, he now has a family of four with two children. He was a former champion apprentice in Melbourne before he moved to Hong Kong in 2002, his competition with Douglas Whyte for the 2009–10 Hong Kong Jockeys' Championship was one of the closest in Hong Kong racing history, with Whyte winning 100–99. His winning tally of 78 in the 2010–11 season brings his overall total in Hong Kong to 525. On 6 November 2012 Brett Prebble won Australia's most famous race, the Melbourne Cup, on the horse Green Moon, trained by Robert Hickmott. In the 2012 Melbourne Cup, Prebble was selected to ride Green Moon, owned by Lloyd Williams and trained by Robert Hickmott, he replaced Damien Oliver, dropped from the ride after being accused of betting illegally. Green Moon went on to win the race by one length. Australia Melbourne Cup - - Green Moon The Age Classic - - Cape of Good Hope Golden Slipper Stakes - - Crystal Lily Hong Kong Hong Kong Sprint - - Absolute Champion, Sacred Kingdom, Lucky Nine Champions Mile - - Bullish Luck, Sight Winner, Contentment Hong Kong Derby - - Vital King Hong Kong Classic Mile - - Lucky Nine Centenary Sprint Cup - - Absolute Champion, Sacred Kingdom Chairman's Sprint Prize - - Absolute Champion, Sacred Kingdom, Lucky Nine Champions & Chater Cup - - Precision Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup - - Lucky Nine, Contentment Japan Yasuda Kinen - - Bullish Luck Singapore KrisFlyer International Sprint - - Sacred Kingdom, Lucky Nine
Craig Williams (jockey)
Craig Williams is an Australian jockey. He has won multiple group one races in worldwide. In 2011, Williams came close to being the first jockey in history to achieve a unique Australian horse racing triple, in winning the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. After winning the first two on Southern Speed and Pinker Pinker Williams was suspended for careless riding during the 2011 Bendigo Cup; the horse he was scheduled to ride in the Melbourne Cup, went on to win with last-minute replacement jockey Christophe Lemaire on board. In the 2012 Caulfield Cup, Williams rode Dunaden to an unprecedented victory. A few days before the race Dunaden had drawn the outside barrier, was the top weighted horse for the race, carrying 58 kg. Dunaden had subsequently drifted in the betting odds, as no horse had won the Caulfield Cup from wider than barrier 15, nor carrying top weight; the win made it back-to-back Caulfield Cup victories for Williams. Jockey profile racingvictoria.net racingandsports.com.au