Victoria Derby

The Victoria Derby is held during the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse and this event kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival. This is a Group 1 event with a $2 million prize pool on offer. It's held over 2500m and qualification includes three-year-olds or older with a set weight.

The weights for colts and geldings is currently 55 and a half kilograms.

While for fillies, they need to be 53 and a half kilograms. In 2019, the event will be held on Saturday, 2nd November at Flemington. Extra Brut is the current defending champion from the 2018 event after a close win against Stars of Carrum. In the next section, we'll look at the successful history of the Victoria Derby.

Victoria Derby History / Timeline

This race was originally created in 1855 and has been a key event during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival since. As this event starts the Melbourne Cup Carnival, there's a lot of interest around the race, especially in the field at Flemington which is highlighted by the Fashions on the Field.

From 1855 until 1971, this race was held over 2400m but was changed in 1973 onwards to 2500m.

This was due to potentially dangerous track conditions. It's also been classified as a Group 1 race since 1979 and a Principal Race from 1855 until 1978. In the history of this event, some of the greatest horses in Racing have won this event. Such as: Phar Lap in 1929, Dulcify (1978), Red Anchor (1984) and Star of The Realm (time record) in 1991.

Another interesting fact about this race in history is that from 1931 up until 1956, geldings were banned from this event.

Victoria Derby Trivia

  • Fireworks is the only horse to win this event in back to back years (1867-1868)
  • There have been four horses that have secured their first career victory at this event. They include: Martini Henry (1883), Fire Oak (1990), Redding (1992) and Preferment (2014).
  • Clare Lindop was the first female to compete in this event, which took place in 2005. She's also the first female to record a victory at the Victoria Derby.
  • Gai Waterhouse is the first female trainer to win at this event with Nothin' Leica Dane in 1995.
  • The first three races were won by fillies. However, since those victories, the only filly to win this race has been Frances Tressady in 1923.

Victoria Derby Records

  • Most Successful Jockey: Bobbie Lewis currently holds the record with 8 victories at this event in its history. His first win came in 1900 and his last victory was back in 1927.
  • Most Successful Trainer: Since 1855, James Scobie has trained 8 winners from 1900 until 1937.
  • Time Record: In 1991, Star Of The Realm ran 2:33:60 and still holds the time record to this day.

Betting on the Victoria Derby

In recent times, favourites don't have a great record at this race so it's a good idea to stick with mid to short-priced odds. For example, since 2006 only three favourites have taken out this event (Efficient, Ace High and Tarzino).

This poor record is mainly because the Derby includes a strong field and some fairly inexperienced horses at this distance early on in their career.

As a result, finding a rougher result can be an easier process and using the place bet can be more beneficial.

Looking at lead-up races before this one, the Moonee Valley Vase will provide a good form guide. It's held in late October at Mooney Valley Racecourse over 2040m.

Victoria Derby Tips

  • The favourite has a poor record at this event since 2006.
  • Look for runners that enjoy riding at this distance or have completed a race over 2500m.

Victoria Derby Winners

Year Winner Time
2018 Extra Brut 2:34.3
2017 Ace High 2:37.5
2016 Prized Icon 2:36.1
2015 Tarzino 2:38.3
2014 Preferment 2:37.8
2013 Polanski 2:38.6
2012 Fiveandahalfstar 2:35.9
2011 Sangster 2:40.3
2010 Lion Tamer 2:46.4
2009 Monaco Consul 2:41.6
2008 Rebel Raider 2:36.9
2007 Kibbutz 2:40.9
2006 Efficient 2:38.3
2005 Benicio 2:37.0
2004 Plastered 2:35.4
2003 Elvstroem 2:38.9
2002 Helenus 2:40.5
2001 Amalfi 2:34.6
2000 Hit The Roof 2:39.0

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