Northerly Home-Bound Not Cup-Bound

Northerly, who won the Oct. 26 Cox Plate (Aust-I) by a length, will not compete in the Nov. 5 Melbourne Cup (Aust-I). Instead he will return to his home base near Perth.

According to the Australian Associated press, the 6-year-old's trainer, Fred Kersley, decided his 60 kg (about 132 pounds) weight assignment was a bit too much after a season which has included five wins in seven starts, including the Cox win and victory in the Caulfield Cup (Aust-I).

Still on tap to start in the race is favorite and 59g highweight (about 130 pounds) Vinnie Roe . Dermot Weld trains the 4-year-old at his Irish base and has saddled the son of Definite Article for three wins this year, including the Sept. 14 Jefferson Smurfit Memorial Irish St. Leger (Ire-I) at the Curragh this year. He arrived in Australia on Oct. 1. Arriving with him was another Cup-bound Weld trainee, Media Puzzle. Daliapour, a group I winner in England and Hong Kong, is also in Australia for the Cup.

On Monday jockey Jason Oliver was injured and after his mount broke a leg while racing at Belmont Park near Perth. He died Tuesday in a hospital in the same city.

His brother, jockey Damien Oliver, told the AAP he will ride in Saturday's Victoria Derby (Aust-I) and in the Melbourne Cup before returning home for his brother's funeral on Wednesday. He is scheduled to ride Media Puzzle in the Cup.

The Olivers' father, Ray, was also a jockey. He died of injuries suffered in a fall in 1975.