Champion jockey Damien Oliver lists Ascot Vale first home after 30 years

6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale - for herald sun real estate

Champion jockey Damien Oliver is selling his 6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale, first home.

Veteran jockey Damien Oliver has saddled up for a very different spring race after listing an Ascot Vale house he’s owned for 30 years.

The Australian Racing Hall of Famer has won three Melbourne Cups, his first atop Doriemus in 1995 while living at the 6 Kingston Ave property.

Earlier this year, Oliver broke the record for the most Group One race wins with his 127th victory in events as notable as the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and the Golden Slipper.

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He was also the subject of 2011 biopic The Cup starring Stephen Curry.

His success on the track has earned Oliver 14 Scobie Breasley Medals for excellence in race riding, as well as 10 Melbourne Jockeys’ Premierships.

The jockey took the reins to the Ascot Vale house in 1992, splashing $170,000 on it as his first home.

Tile Importer Handicap

Damien Oliver after winning the Tile Importer Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside Racecourse on June 11, 2022, in Springvale. Getty Images.

6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale - for herald sun real estate

The well-located house has views across the Maribyrnong river.

“I had lived not too far around the corner while I was an apprentice and bought this place in the early 1990s,” he said.

“It was a pretty successful time in my career, so I have a lot of fond memories from the time I lived in the area.”

Oliver renovated the home and added a sauna after purchasing it, noting he’d “lost a lot of weight in the sauna preparing for races”.

He also rented the home out to other racing industry luminaries including Makybe Diva trainer David Hall.

“You might say it’s got good feng shui,” he said.

6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale - for herald sun real estate

The sauna where Oliver prepared for numerous races.

6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale - for herald sun real estate

The home’s northeast facing rear wall has extensive glazing to let in morning sunshine.

With the home now worth close to ten times its last sale price at $1.2m-$1.3m, it’s set to be among Oliver’s biggest winners — though he said it would be sad to farewell his first home.

He added its sentimental value was part of why he’d hung onto it for the past 30 years.

The three-bedroom, one-bathroom listing is being handled by sports star turned real estate agent Denis Pagan, a former VFL footballer who coached North Melbourne to their last two premierships in 1996 and 1999 before a stint coaching Carlton.

Pagan now runs Pagan Real Estate and is also a horse trainer, winning the 2020 Victoria Derby with his horse Johnny Get Angry.

The mount will contest a race this Saturday at Moonee Valley, and he will have four more horses at events this spring.

AAMI Victoria Derby

Denis Pagan with the trophy after winning the AAMI Victoria Derby. Getty Images.

6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale - for herald sun real estate

The home’s timber floors retain a sense of the 1900-built home’s past.

Mr Pagan said the “beautiful California bungalow” at No. 6 was ideal for a family looking for a home where they could move in today and eventually add their own stamp with a new kitchen and extension.

“It has some lovely bay windows with views over the Maribyrnong River,” he said.

“And it’s probably the only home with a sauna in Ascot Vale.”

Mr Pagan added that extensive glazing along the home’s north-facing side as well as character features helped it to stand out, and said the home had attracted significant numbers of young families at inspections so far.

6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale - for herald sun real estate

A timber-lined kitchen was added by Oliver shortly after he bought the home.

6 Kingston Ave, Ascot Vale - for herald sun real estate

The home has impressive views from its front windows.

“I think it’ll be more than a two-horse race,” Mr Pagan said.

“But a lot of people talk and not too many sign contracts.”

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