By Mitch Cohen 

Twenty years after winning his maiden Brisbane Cup top jockey Damien Oliver added his third after storming home to salute on Sixties Groove at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Oliver won the feature Cup on Sheer Kingston (1999) and Viewed (2008) and gave Kris Lees’ imported stayer a much-deserved Group II victory.

Sixties Groove needed all of Oliver’s skill and experience to win after settling in the back half of the field.

Oliver had to weave a passage through the ruck before Sixties Groove produced a powerful sprint when the Melbourne Cup winning hoop found clean air.

Sixties Groove ($4) wore down the wayward Grey Lion ($9) to score by ¾ of a length, with Big Duke ($26) 2-1/2 lengths back in third.

Oliver had to jump off Sixties Groove before entering the winner’s stall, but was confident the six-year-old hadn’t suffered any major issues.

He was rapt to secure another Brisbane Cup.

“I’ve had a few minor placings today and very nice to crack it with a big race like The Brisbane Cup,” Oliver said.

“We had to take our medicine early go back and hope to pick our way through.

“He has a good turn of foot for a stayer so I knew if I could ride him cold and produce him at the right time he’d be hard to beat.

“We got some nice runs coming down to the turn and it was a real war with Grey Lion over the closing stages there, but he wanted it more.

“He had strong form lines leading into the race and I think getting to Eagle Farm the bigger track ticked all the boxes.

“He’s got a bit of go about him this horse, he pulled up a bit sore near the post so he may need a little spell.”

Sixties Groove only arrived in Australia last year and won the Moe Cup in October.

The Sixties Icon six-year-old was placed in the Group I Doomben Cup earlier this preparation and is destined for bigger targets in the spring.

“This is the first time he has actually been out to a trip since we owned him. We bought him thinking he would be a Caulfield Cup horse,” Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett said.

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