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Posted 2023-12-16 11:27:20  
Oliver Bows out a winner in Style

In a captivating conclusion to his illustrious career, Damien Oliver showcased his exceptional skill with three consecutive wins in his final three rides. The grand finale unfolded at Ascot on Saturday, where Oliver's mastery came to the forefront as he expertly navigated the field to secure victory aboard Nick Ryan’s Munhamek in the prestigious $1.5 Million Damien Oliver Gold Rush.

Oliver's triumph aboard Munhamek marked his 3189th victory in the saddle, a testament to his enduring prowess and contribution to the world of horse racing. The event not only celebrated a numerical milestone but also brought a remarkable career to a close in spectacular fashion.

Challenges loomed as Munhamek faced a formidable draw at 17, a significant obstacle according to form guides. However, Oliver, known for his strategic brilliance, swiftly guided his mount along the rail, setting the stage for an electrifying final race. The daunting draw turned into an opportunity for Oliver to showcase his finesse, ensuring that his last race would be nothing short of thrilling.

As the race unfolded, it appeared that Ripcord and Clint Johnston-Porter had secured victory as they approached the 100-meter mark. Yet, in a display of sheer brilliance, Oliver skillfully created gaps where none seemed to exist. Munhamek responded with incredible late strides, defying expectations and prompting a massive victory salute, a fitting tribute to the legendary jockey often referred to as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). Oliver's strategic prowess, coupled with Munhamek's impressive performance, etched this final win into the annals of racing history.

“Dreams do come true, aye. That was unbelievable,” he said to Sky Racing. “There’s a bit of relief, I suppose, attention is not really my area. But the crowd here at Ascot today, what a wonderful reception.”
“Well, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish it – it was death or glory at the top of the straight.”
“Nick Ryan did a great job with him, I just had to point him in the right directions when the gaps came, and he worked his way through them well.
“It was a great win and an unbelievable feeling, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish off.”


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