Legendary jockey Damien Oliver wins his farewell race

Jockey Damien Oliver has enjoyed a fairytale end to his 35-year career in the saddle, winning his farewell race in stunning fashion.

The 51-year-old rode Munhamek to an extraordinary victory in the Damien Oliver Gold Rush at Ascot Racecourse in Perth on Saturday.

Originally from Western Australia, Oliver celebrated a famous win in front of friends and family.

It capped a perfect day for Oliver, who won the final three races he contested after earlier wins aboard Devine Belief and Magnificent Andy at Ascot.

"I couldn't think of a better way to finish it," Oliver said.

"It was death or glory at the top of the straight.

"I had a bit of confidence in this horse, he could take the gaps when they come.

"It's a great win, an unbelievable feeling. I couldn't think of a better way to finish it off."

Oliver was denied a record-equalling fourth Melbourne Cup win when he rode Alenquer in last month's famous 3200m race at Flemington.

He conceded it had been a "long farewell", but took the spotlight for the sake of promoting the sport.

"All this attention is not really my area, but I understand it," Oliver said.

"It's been overwhelming, but the crowd here at Ascot, what a wonderful reception. 

"I think it's the biggest crowd I've seen here - the applause and the roar for those last three winners, I'll never forget it."

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