Oliver won't ride at Sandown

Beleaguered jockey Damien Oliver will not ride at Wednesday’s Sandown meeting in the wake of reports he is under police investigation on a non-racing related matter.


Racing Victoria gave no reason for Oliver’s withdrawal from the Sandown meeting.

The champion jockey met with detectives in Geelong on Monday but he has not been charged with any offence.

Superintendent Peter O’Neill told News Ltd Oliver had spoken with police and investigations were continuing.

Oliver is one of a handful of jockeys who have won the grand slam of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

The Hall of Fame jockey won the Melbourne Cup in 2002 only days after his brother Jason was killed in a racing accident.

That inspiring story is now being featured in a $15 million film titled The Cup. The movie is expected to open at Easter 2011.

Oliver’s father Ray, also a jockey, was killed after falling from a horse in 1975.