Damien Oliver returns to scale aboard Order Of Command

Damien Oliver returns to scale aboard Order Of Command (Image: Racing Photos)

Oliver equals Bobbie's Carnival haul

He may not have landed any of the week's feature Group 1 races but Damien Oliver nonetheless created history at Flemington with his victory aboard Order Of Command in Saturday's $120,000 Grand Handicap (1200m).

The win was Oliver's 72nd during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and equalled the all-time record held outright by four-time Melbourne Cup-winning rider Bobbie Lewis for more than 50 years.

"It's a bit overwhelming actually," Oliver said.

"It's been a long Carnival and there have been a lot of placings for me, a lot of seconds but it's nice to equal (the record) on a horse of Danny O'Brien's because he's a good friend."

The Ron Hutchinson Excellence Award for the Carnival's top jockey went to James McDonald, who won two races across the four days including the G1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) and notched placings in the G1 Cantala Stakes, the G1 VRC Derby and the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

The J.B. Cummings Excellence Award for the carnival's premier trainer went to the Lindsay Park partnership of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.