DAMIEN Oliver will return to Hong Kong as a young man whose life was changed in the space of five minutes. He won the Melbourne Cup and that is the one race in the world that every Australian jockey lusts after. It will also be a new-look Oliver who returns to Sha Tin for a three-month period at the end of the present season. He is currently sporting long locks and has had his nose, injured in a childhood riding accident, straightened out. But the biggest change is something that he would find hard to put into words. 'You can win any race in Australia twice over and probably any in the world but there is nothing like winning the Melbourne Cup. I am still tingling all over,' he said. 'You read about how other jockeys have felt and you ride in the race but when it happens to you, it is so hard to describe. It's like an explosion inside you - 'I've won it, I've won it'.' The Perth-born rider dedicated his victory on Doriemus to his late father, Ray Oliver, who won the Perth Cup in 1972 on Fait Accomplit, the year Damien was born. He never really knew his father who was killed in a Kalgoorlie race fall when Oliver was just three years old. 'My greatest supporter has been my mother and if there was just one wish it would have been that my father was here to see this win,' said Oliver who is recognised as the greatest rider in Australia at this time. The magnificent win on Doriemus, who jumped from the extreme outside barrier of 23 in the 3,200-metre race, was hailed throughout Australia and there is a firm belief that the 1995 running, albeit on heavy ground, will go down as one of the great races in the Cup's long history. Doriemus has real class and became only the ninth horse to complete the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double in the same year while second-placed Nothin' Leica Dane is assured of a fantastic future on this performance. The heroic effort of Vintage Crop, ploughing through the Flemington mud and gathering in horse after horse in his titanic finish, will also long stick in the mind. If you can't go out winning, go out fighting - and Vintage Crop certainly did that. Oliver's Cup triumph puts a seal on his assured place in the history of Australian racing and he now looks to new worlds to conquer - not least Hong Kong. 'I am looking forward to my trip there as it comes at a good time for me. I am going with no fixed plans other than to ride winners and hope that all goes well during the stint,' he said. 'It will be very good for me as Hong Kong racing is competitive and different. 'I have also been asked about Europe and that also interests me. Racing now is so international that you have to be ready to ride anywhere if you get the chance.' But the surf-loving rider is still very much an Australian. 'I have had a wonderful career so far and been helped by a lot of people. Lee Freedman and I have had our differences in the past since I came over from Perth but he has had an enormous influence on my career and I truly thank him. 'I just want to keep riding and keep riding winners. I love it all and winning the Melbourne Cup was just unbelievable. But it's not over just because I've won that - I would love to do it again.'