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Frankie Dettori to ride Melbourne Cup favourite Almandin after Oliver loses appeal

  • Damien Oliver handed 20-race ban for improper riding during Cox Plate
  • Dettori takes over ride with good chance of winning maiden Cup

Damien Oliver’s failed appeal against the 20-race ban he was handed for improper riding during the Cox Plate has opened the door for Frankie Dettori, who will take over riding duties aboard the highly-fancied Almandin in this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Oliver, the three-time Cup-winning jockey, was charged by racing stewards for attempting to push his horse, Happy Clapper, into the smaller Royal Symphony – and force Royal Symphony off his line.

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