Trainer David Hayes has generously granted stable jockey Damien Oliver 'leave of absence' to ride Doriemus in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. 'Damien already has an exceptional affiliation with Doriemus and I felt I could not stand in his way,' Hayes said yesterday. 'Anyway, he will really only be missing one meeting, at Happy Valley on Caulfield Cup day.' Oliver and Doriemus will now be able to combine in an attempt to create racing history in the A$1 million Caulfield Cup (2,400 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday week and the A$2,035,000 Melbourne Cup (3,200 metres) at Flemington on November 5. Doriemus - with Oliver aboard - last year became only the ninth horse to capture the cups double. But no horse has managed to complete the double in successive years. Rising Fast came closest when, after winning both races in 1954, he again won the Caulfield Cup before going down by only a neck to Toparoa in a controversial finish to the Melbourne Cup. Oliver, who rode a winner at Sha Tin on Sunday, will also be trying for a record third consecutive win in the Caulfield Cup. He won the event in 1994 on the Freedman stable's Paris Lane, who continued on to finish second to the Hayes-trained Jeune in that year's Melbourne Cup. Originally trainer Lee Freedman was preparing Doriemus for the A$1.5 million Cox Plate (2,040 metres) at Moonee Valley on October 26, and the rich Japan Cup (2,400 metres) in Tokyo on November 24. But instead he decided to aim the six-year-old for the cups after his impressive victory, with 59 kilograms, in the Turnbull Stakes (over 2,000 metres) at Flemington last Saturday. It was then that negotiations began to secure Oliver's services. Freedman admitted, however, that he felt 'sorry' for Greg Hall, who has ridden Doriemus in each of his three outings so far this spring. 'The owners of Doriemus have a special relationship with Damien,' Freedman explained. 'If Doriemus does happen to win the cups again, they wanted Damien to be involved. Greg has understood the situation all along.' Following his Turnbull triumph, Doriemus is now on the second line of betting, at 10-1, for the Caulfield Cup and is ruling favourite - at 7-1 - in Melbourne Cup markets.