Jockey Damien Oliver ready for another title tilt

CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver will take it easy for a couple of weeks before starting an assault on his 11th Victorian metropolitan jockey's premiership.

The 43-year-old surged past the suspended Dwayne Dunn in the final three meetings of the season, riding a treble at Bendigo last Wednesday, and one winner at both Caulfield on Saturday and Geelong on Sunday.

That lifted him to 60 for the season, two ahead of Craig Williams and three ahead of Dunn.

Oliver now needs just one more title to equal the record shared by greats Roy Higgins and Billy Duncan.

He told Racing Ahead he had already picked up the rides on a couple of excellent prospects for the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

"I'm pretty excited about Alpine Eagle, he's a really nice horse and Tony McEvoy put him away early in the autumn to look for a big spring with him," Oliver said.

"Rich Enuff as well - I've managed to pick up the ride on him - so I've got a couple of nice ones to look forward to."

Oliver said it would be a "huge honour" to win another premiership and join Higgins and Duncan on 11 titles.


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