Damien Oliver will feature in his final race as professional

Damien Oliver will race in this final outing at Perth.

A stellar field has been assembled for the Damien Oliver Gold Rush at Ascot on 16/12/23

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  • Superb 9-race card at Ascot is the main event on Saturday 16th December.
  • Legendary jockey Damien Oliver is set to run his final race.
  • Hailing from Western Australia, Oliver will bow out in front of his home fans.
  • A$1.5 million up for grabs in Oliver’s final fling.

Ascot has been hosting some excellent contests at the back end of 2023 and it will be decked out in tribute to Damien Oliver on his final day as a competitive jockey. 
At the age of 51, Oliver continues to be a big draw in Australian racing and he will be the toast of both punters and online betting platforms alike as he walks away from the game. 

Often the scurge Aussie bookmakers, Damien Oliver has been blazing a trail at the very top of Australian racing for over 30 years. 

He has decided to step away from day-to-day racing at the ripe old age of 51 and he looks set to go out in grand style at his home race course of Ascot on Saturday 16th December. 
Legendary Status 

Having a race named after a jockey is the ultimate accolade for anybody in the horse racing industry and Damien Oliver is going to bow out at the top, with his name up in lights. 
The final race on superb 9-race card at Ascot is the headline act, with the Gold Rush having a healthy A$1.5 million in the prize pot, it should be a fascinating contest. 
Now named the Damien Oliver Gold Rush, plenty of the biggest and best speedsters in Australia will be out for glory and how fitting it will be for Damien Oliver to step away from racing at the very top of the game. 
One Final Winner? 

The fairytale for both Oliver and connections will inevitably be for him to win his final race as a professional and even the hardiest of Australian online betting sites surely wouldn’t begrudge him of that. 
In his final outing, Oliver will saddle up on Munhamek – a British flyer with a fearsome reputation and it would be fitting if the ageless Damien Oliver was to bow out with a big win, in a race named after him. 
Munhamek was a little disappointing at Caulfield over this distance last time out and does have a few question marks over adapting to life in Australia, but some sporting fairytales do come true. 
Stellar names in the mix 

Damien Oliver is a household name, who transcends Australian racing, and he will of course get the farewell his incredible career deserves here at Ascot. 
There will however be plenty of big-name horses and jockeys out to spoil the Damien Oliver party if they can. 
Topping the betting is Ripcord, a fiercely quick horse who has been producing some incredible performances in 2023, whilst the likes of Super Smink, Comfort Me and Ayrton should also be firmly in the mix.

Few jockeys in world racing have enjoyed the accolades and career that Damien Oliver has, and the legendary jockey will step aside following his final race at Ascot. 
The Gold Rush on Saturday 16th December is named after Oliver and with the great man on board in his final race, how fitting it would be if he could finish with a win.