“In 150 years here, there have been some amazing jockeys in that period of time,” Oliver said. “I feel honoured to think I’m the most successful.”
O’Brien said it was special Oliver had set the new mark on one of his horses.
“We’ve had a great relationship over a number of years,” O’Brien said.
“It’s an incredible record. The Flemington carnival is what racing’s all about. To have that on the resume that no one’s ridden more winners than you is a pretty good honour.”
Miami Bound vaulted to equal Oaks favouritism with runner-up Vegas Jewel after the pair cleared out in the closing stages of the time-honoured 2000m race.
Given an easy passage during the race by Oliver, Miami Bound ($8) ranged to the lead about 350 metres out, pinching about a half-length on Vegas Jewel ($3.70), which closed resolutely but could get no closer than a neck.
The six-length gap to roughie Palumbo in third suggests none of their rivals from this race should threaten the pair in the Oaks.
O’Brien is extremely confident his filly, a daughter of 2007 Oaks winner Arapaho Miss, would have no trouble handling the 2500 metres of Thursday’s race. Her half-brother De Little Engine was also a capable stayer.
“The aim was to have her peaking for one week, and that’s this week,” O’Brien said.
“We’ve got the first bit out of the way, and that’s usually a pretty good guide for Thursday. She’ll be better again when she gets out to 2500m.”
Jordan Childs, who rode Vegas Jewel, said the winner had a superior turn of foot but his mount was strong to the line.
The James Cummings-trained Flit, sent out a $2.90 favourite, never threatened after settling towards the rear and finished a distant fourth.
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald