Miami Bound

Damien Oliver aboard Miami Bound (Image: Racing Photos)

Not 'pretty', but Oliver does it again

Damien Oliver's Group 1 reach stretches almost 30 years, but the Hall of Fame jockey can't recall an elite-level win like Miami Bound's Kennedy Oaks success at Flemington on Thursday.

Not because of the ease of the win - the Danny O'Brien-trained filly cruised home by 3.25 lengths - rather what happened in the lead-up to the $1 million event.

Miami Bound, a daughter of Reliable Man and 2007 Oaks winner Arapaho Miss, dug her heels in and refused to move on several occasions before the race, prompting Oliver to briefly think she might not even take her place.

"She threw me a bit before the race because she stopped and didn't want to go in the mounting yard," Oliver said.

"I thought she wanted to go the toilet, but that wasn't the case, and then in the preliminary I got to the 600 and she didn't want to come back to the gates.

"I just wasn't sure what was going on."

WATCH: Hear from Oliver

But once in the barrier, Miami Bound was on her best behaviour and overcame what Oliver described as 'not one of his prettiest' rides to score his 119th win at the highest level.

"I was a bit indecisive from the gates and got caught a little bit deep, but fortunately I was able to get a bit of cover off the Kavanagh horse (Vegas Jewel), which took us into the straight as far as it could," he said.

"She was left there a fair way out, but she was the best stayer in the race and was just too good."

WATCH: Miami Bound's win

Miami Bound's success, which came after she carried Oliver to victory in last Saturday's G.H. Mumm Wakeful Stakes, was his fifth win in the Oaks following prior success on Northwood Plume (1994), Kensington Palace (1997), Special Harmony (2003) and Jameka (2014).

It was the 47-year-old's second G1 win of the week following AAMI Victoria Derby success aboard Warning and was the second time he has won the VRC's two prized three-year-old staying races in the same year, having also won the 2003 Derby aboard Elvstroem.

There was added significance to the win, given it was for O'Brien. Oliver was aboard O'Brien's maiden G1 winner, Porto Roca, in the 2001 Coolmore Classic.

Despite having combined for about 100 wins in between, it was their first elite-level success since.