Oliver scandal did not overshadow Cup

IT WAS as if Damien Oliver had a spotlight on him at every turn for the first few hours at Flemington on Tuesday.

But even his scandalous admission that he had bet illegally on a race was quickly blurred by other controversies and then, of course, the Melbourne Cup.

Oliver began the day as the story that every electronic media outlet and newspaper wanted following revelations in Fairfax Media on Tuesday that he had admitted betting $10,000 on Miss Octopussy in a race where he rode another horse at Moonee Valley two years ago.

But it's hard to hold the spotlight on Melbourne Cup day, especially when stewards were busy enforcing upon two trainers their new hard line on race-day treatments.

Stewards summoned trainer Leon Corstens into their room after a security guard saw him applying something to a hoof of Zabeelionaire.


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