Oliver wins appeal against suspension
Damien Oliver has won his appeal against a one month suspension and is free to ride Apache Cat in next month’s Hong Kong Sprint.
Oliver was outed by stewards for returning a positive test to the prohibited substance ephedrine on Derby day at Flemington on October 31.
The champion jockey said his positive urine sample resulted from a herbal supplement which he had been taking since 2000 without any previous issues.
Oliver had the suspension downgraded to a severe reprimand by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at his appeal hearing in Melbourne on Monday.
He will now ride Sniper’s Bullet in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot on Saturday with Nash Rawiller, who won the Railway Stakes aboard the gelding last start, required at Rosehill by trainer Gai Waterhouse.
Oliver’s appeal victory also means he can partner top sprinter Apache Cat in the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on December 13.