2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival: Victoria Derby October 31, 2018 by Marc Jerbs

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is here and the festivities start this Saturday, November 3 at the iconic Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne with the Victoria Derby. The purse for this year's race is $2,000,000.

The Victoria Derby is a set weights race at Flemington over 2500m during Melbourne's Spring Racing Carnival at the beginning of Melbourne Cup Week.

The Victoria Derby, is a Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds organized by the Victoria Racing Club. The race is held under Set Weights conditions over a distance of 2,500 metres. The Victoria Derby was first run in 1855.

Today, the Victoria Derby is considered as the toughest race for three-year-olds in Australia. The race's distance is an extremely tiring and demanding test of stamina and endurance for the runners. But many Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winners showed their promise at the Victoria Derby.

This year's Victoria Derby has a field of 16 runners plus two emergencies with Thinkin' Big considered as the favourite. He handily won the Caulfield Classic last October 20, beating fellow Derby entries Chapada, Sikorsky and Visao.

Meanwhile, Savoie ran a pretty good race at The Vase at Moonee Valley last October 27, but faded late. He may have drawn barrier 17 for the Derby but many still consider him a strong contender.

Another challenger could be Tolemac at barrier 14. She showed promise in the Derby trial as she chased home Savoie but was safely held. She has only three starts though and must improve a lot in a short span of time to pull off an upset.

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