Outlandish Efforts Land Oliver Double
Damien Oliver produced some vintages performance at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
A rails-hugging ride aboard Outlandish Lad helped champion jockey Damien Oliver bookend Friday night's Moonee Valley meeting.
Oliver took a risk in ground that none of his rivals were prepared to tread aboard the grey gelding and was rewarded with Listed success in the $100,000 Trojan Hand Tools Night Sprint (1200m).
The Hall of Fame hoop settled fourth on the fence from the inside gate aboard the Dennis O'Leary-trained six-year-old and even though most of rivals peeled towards the centre of the track to make their runs, he was content to stick hard on the rails.
It paid dividends with the son of Fantastic Light powering home in the straight to get home from Shock Value.
Outlandish Lad ($7.50) scored by a length from the $4 favourite with Utah Saints ($5.50) working home into third, a further length back.
“The tempo wasn't overly strong, so it helped me travel for a fair way,” Oliver said. “I didn't have much choice (sticking to the fence) drawing in there, but he's a tough old horse and he got through the ground well.”
Outlandish Lad's win complemented Oliver's win in the opening event on the card, the $50,000 Swift Signs 0-68 Handicap (1200m), which he won aboard the Darren Weir-trained Music Shop.
After settling midfield between horses, Oliver was on the fence rounding the home bend aboard Music Shop but took a split between leading duo Dimi The Dancer and Albertique in the straight to power away for a strong win.
The daughter of Mujahid ($9) scored by a length from Towcutter ($10) with Rock Princess ($11) edging out Grand Ransom ($16) for third placing.
Ballarat-based couldn't speak highly enough of Weir after Music Shop's win, the third of her 19-start career.
“When I put him on I said, ‘Damien, the horse is not overly blessed with ability, but it's a very well horse and it will need a super ride to win' and he said, ‘that's what you put me on for',” Weir said.
“Then he produces something like that. It's great. I can't thank him enough.”
Oliver wasn't the only hoop to partner a winning double at the Valley with Luke Nolen winning the night's features, the Alister Clark Stakes, with Highly Recommended plus the 55 Second Challenge heat with Kulgrinda.