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.
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.
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.
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