Top Australian jockey Damien Oliver has been stood down, following admissions he bet on a rival horse.
Racing Victoria said stewards issued two charges against Oliver after his admissions yesterday.
On the basis of those admissions and the subsequent charges, Oliver has been stood down from riding pending a hearing before a stewards’ panel next Tuesday.
The admission and charges follow an investigation by stewards into allegations that Oliver bet on favourite and race winner Miss Octopussy at Moonee Valley on October 1, 2010, a race in which he finished sixth on second-favourite Europa Point.
Racing Victoria alleges that Oliver broke the rules in placing a $A10,000 bet on Miss Octopussy to win the race at Moonee Valley.
It is further alleged that Oliver had in his possession, and used, a mobile telephone in the jockeys’ room prior to the race in question.