The Damien Oliver 2023 Race Details

Race 9 at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday the 4th of November 2023.

The Damien Oliver is a Group 2 race held at Flemington Racecourse and is run over 1400 metres. It is run under handicap conditions. The total prize money is $500,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on The Damien Oliver page.

The Damien Oliver 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Solid race and Godolphin hold a large hand. Tamerlane has been racing in good fashion and will get every chance from barrier 1. Vilana has plenty of class and will be hard to beat in a race like this. Kalino won well last start and just has to overcome the wide draw to be going close. Munhamek rounds out the numbers but has a very hard draw.

The Damien Oliver 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Vilana (9)

Classy runner who maps kindly and should give this race a shake here. Suited by the rise in trip and goes close.

2. King Magnus (8)

Prefer others.

3. Bandersnatch (6)

Has to lift on current form.

4. Ayrton (17)

Strong win fresh. Tough draw and much harder here but goes in the mix.

5. Tamerlane (1)

Goes on top. Gun draw and maps for every hope in running. This race is a suitable target and J-Mac enhances the chances.

6. Zoutori (3)

Can’t have.

7. Corner Pocket (13)

Tough draw and the winning picket fence has gone but still has claims.

8. Munhamek (18)

Tough draw but good enough to give this race a shake fresh. Has Shinn steering which is always huge to a horses chances.

9. Not An Option (16)

Can’t have.

10. Here To Shock (4)

Going well. No luck last start and maps for a good run. If it gets the gaps it can go close.

11. Savannah Cloud (12)

Maps for a tricky run but races well here and has claims.

12. Kalino (10)

Lovely last start win and can go on with things here. Maps a bit tricky but with a good steer can be right in the finish.

13. Swords Drawn (2)

Prefer others.

14. Williamsburg (14)

Can’t have.

15. Lord Vladivostok (5)

Having a good prep but needs to find a few lengths and is a pinch on the short side.

16. Jack The Lad (11)

Can’t have.

17e. Cause For Concern (7)

Having a great prep but leaning to others with stronger form.

18e. Zennzella (15)

Can’t have.

The Damien Oliver 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Bryce Parker’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips Lewis Oliver’s Tips
5 Tamerlane 1 Vilana 17 Cause For Concern
1 Vilana 5 Tamerlane 1 Vilana
8 Muhnamek 12 Kalino 10 Here To Shock
12 Kalino 17 Cause For Concern 5 Tamerlane

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Victoria Derby 2023 (Flemington 2500m)

Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1200m)

Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Group 2 Wakeful Stakes 2023 (Flemington 2000m)

Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Group 3 Archer Stakes 2023 (Flemington 2500m)

Group 3 Furphy Sprint/Begonia Belle Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1100m)

Group 3 Rising Fast Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1200m)

The Golden Eagle 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Giga Kick Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1300m)

Rosehill Gold Cup 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

The Four Pillars 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1400m)

Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1000m)

Listed John Letts Cup 2023 (Morphettville 1800m)

The Damien Oliver 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 17e Cause For Concern
2nd 3 Bandersnatch 0.3 length
3rd 8 Munhamek 0.6 length
4th 5 Tamerlane 0.8 length

The track was rated as Good 3.

Scratchings: 6. Zoutori, 18e. Zennzella.