Champion jockey suspended after illegal act in Melbourne Cup

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Damien Oliver, pictured here in the yellow cap riding Delphi in the Melbourne Cup.
Damien Oliver, seen here in the yellow cap riding Delphi in the Melbourne Cup. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

Champion jockey Damien Oliver has been suspended for 11 race meetings after his ride on Delphi in the Melbourne Cup.

Oliver was one of two jockeys to cop suspensions after Tuesday's race, with Tralee Rose jockey Dean Holland also banned.

Holland pleaded guilty to careless riding for causing interference to New Zealand stayer The Chosen One.

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Stewards suspended him for three metro and nine provincial meetings, which will commence at midnight on Thursday.

Oliver also pleaded guilty to careless riding on Delphi which led to Carif suffering interference.

The champion jockey was found to have permitted Delphi to shift out when not sufficiently clear of Carif near the 600m mark.

Oliver was suspended for 11 meetings and will start his ban after Thursday's VRC Oaks.

Delphi went on to finish seventh, while Tralee Rose was ninth.

Incentivise injured during Melbourne Cup

Meanwhile, trainer Peter Moody has revealed pre-race favourite Incentivise was injured while running second in the Melbourne Cup.

The five-year-old suffered a leg injury during his brave attempt to hold off Verry Elleegant in the $8 million race.

Moody told Racing Victoria stewards that Incentivise had swelling in his near foreleg after cooling down following his second placing to Verry Elleegant.

He said the Caulfield Cup winner would be assessed by a stable veterinarian in the next few days.

Incentivise made a bold bid for glory after pressing forward to race on the speed.

He took control of the race at the 400m mark only for Verry Elleegant to arrive on the scene soon after and put the result beyond doubt.

Incentivise kept UK stayer Spanish Mission at bay to hold down second place at his first attempt at 3200m.

Damien Oliver, pictured here on Lackeen after winning the Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy.
Damien Oliver on Lackeen after winning the Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy on Melbourne Cup day. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

Tralee Rose was also injured when she was galloped on by another runner in the early stages of the race.

She was taken to a veterinary clinic where she had a laceration on her leg stitched, however she escaped serious injury.

Verry Elleegant went on to become the first mare to win the Melbourne Cup since the legendary Makybe Diva completed a hat-trick of wins in 2005.

Her victory for trainer Chris Waller and jockey James McDonald ranks as a crowning moment in a decorated racing career.

McDonald says Verry Elleegant deserves to be rated alongside the greats of the Australian turf.

"They can safely say she's a champion now," McDonald said.

Verry Elleegant was sent out an $18 chance before racing away to beat Incentivise ($2.90) by four lengths.

Spanish Mission ($10) was the best of the two overseas horses in finishing third with last year's winner Twilight Payment winding up 11th of the 23 runners, almost 20 lengths from the winner.

with AAP

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