Victoria Derby 2020

Saturday October 31, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Moonee Valley Vase is a top guide to the VRC Derby winners

The Victoria Derby is the feature race for young staying types each spring and is the opening Group 1 feature of the Melbourne Cup Carnival following the events of the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in late October. Held over four days in late October and or early November every year, the carnival kicks off on the Saturday before the first Tuesday of November’s Melbourne Cup with the three-year-olds stealing the show in the VRC Derby.

Run over 2500m the Victoria Derby is a classic set weights race now worth $2 million in prize money and was first run in 1855. It has held Group 1 status since 1979 and Gai Waterhouse was the first woman trainer to prepare a winner of the race in 1995 with Nothin’ Leica Dane. The race record over the current distance was set by Star Of The Real in 1991 who won in 2.33.60 and other notable winners include Efficient (2006), Elvstroem (2003) and Red Anchor (1984).

Victoria Derby Day features a total of four Group 1 spring races with the three-years-old staying feature accompanied on the Flemington race card by the: Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for the short distance sprinters of the same age, Kennedy Cantala (1600m) and Empire Rose Stakes (formerly the Myer Classic) also run over a mile.  It is known as a day for racing purists as all the events on the program hold Group status.

Derby Day in Melbourne now has some serious competition across the border with the addition of a number of lucrative feature races in Sydney on the same date. From 2019 on, Rosehill Gardens will host the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) for four-year-olds and the $1 million Winners Stakes (1300m), which will be renamed in honour of the previous year’s The Everest champion each season, on the same day as the VRC Derby program in Melbourne.

This year the 2020 Victoria Derby runs on Saturday October 31, 2020 . 

2020 Victoria Derby Results

The 2020 Victoria Derby Results will be published as soon as the race runs on Saturday October 31, 2020 .

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Victoria Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2500m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1855

Victoria Derby Betting

Victoria Derby betting markets on possible runners are open months in advance with juicy futures prices on offer at many bookmakers under all-in conditions. Once the VRC Derby field is released the week of the race those markets are slashed and the action heats up with punters looking for the value bet.

Favourites have a poor history in the Victoria Derby with Tarzino (2015) and Ace High (2017) the only top fancies in VRC Odds to win since Efficient (2006). Since then there’s been plenty of upsets including Rebel Raider who won at 100/1 in 2008 and Fiveandahalfstar who caused a boil over in 2012 at 40/1. There was also a bit of value in VRC Derby betting on the 2018 champion Extra Brut who jumped at $14 odds.

2020 Victoria Derby Odds

The spring’s latest Victoria Derby 2020 betting odds and Melbourne Cup Carnival Group 1 market links to the staying classic will be provided below so stay tuned for access to the top odds on the VRC Derby horses.

Cherry Tortoni
Young Werther
Flying Award
Love Tap
*All-in Top 10 VRC Derby 2020 odds correct as of 23/09/2020 and subject to change 

Victoria Derby Field

The Victoria Derby field is released by Racing Victoria on the Tuesday before the race runs on the Saturday meeting before Melbourne Cup Day the following Tuesday and has a capacity starting line-up of 16 three-year-olds plus four emergencies. Before the final field is out the Victoria Derby nominations are taken in late September each year and usually feature around 100 early entries.

Horses may come into the Victoria Derby field via a lead-up run in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day, which produced back-to-back winners in 2015 and 2016. Efficient (2006) was the last three-year-old to complete the Moonee Valley Vase – VRC Derby double.

Another key lead-up races gallopers might contest ahead of the VRC Derby field is Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), a double most recently completed by Ace High (2017).

Efficient was the last favourite to win in VRC Derby betting markets

VRC Derby winner Efficient (2006) won the following year’s Melbourne Cup . Photo by Taron Clarke.

2020 Victoria Derby Field

The official VRC Derby 2020 Final Field & Barriers are set for release in late October and will be provided in full below so stay tuned to see what gun three-year-old stayers are making the line-up.

Victoria Derby 2020 Nominations

VRC Derby 2020 Nominations are taken on a Tuesday in late September and will be available right here as soon as early entries on the Group 1 race are announced.

The 2020 Victoria Derby nominations closed on Tuesday September 22 attracting 89 early entries led in betting by the Godolphin-raced Alcyone, Taj Rossi Series Final winner Cherry Tortoni and seven for Fred Hoysted Medallist Danny O’Brien led by Flying Award.

  • The 2020 Victoria Derby First Acceptances close at midday (local time) on Tuesday October 20, 2020. 
  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 24431×82 ACHIEVER C 3 Chris Waller  
2 2 AIDENABET G 3 Stephen Hill  
3 444×5 AIN’TNODEELDUNSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman  
4 12x3x ALBARADO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
5 382x1x ALBUKHTURI (NZ) C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
6 2021x ALCYONE C 3 James Cummings  
7 0 ARTILLERY FORCE G 3 Kane Harris  
8 31×1 AYSAR C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
9 35×52 AZALY C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
10 71x BAK DA MAN (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
11 3x66x11x BLAZE A TRAIL C 3 Matthew Vella  
12 5×005 BORN TO SUCCEED C 3 Saab Hasan  
13 117 BUCHAREST C 3 Chris Waller  
14 21 CADENABBIA C 3 Chris Waller  
15 05×37 CAESARS PALACE R 3 Anthony Cummings  
16 11 CAMBOURNE C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
17 21x CAPTAIN CORELLI (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
18 3×16525 CELESTIAL SOLSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Chris Waller  
19   CEMENTED (NZ) G 3 Paul Rocke  
20 8 CETSHWAYO G 3 Danny O’Brien  
21 111×3 CHERRY TORTONI G 3 Patrick Payne  
22 3441x CHOIR C 3 James Cummings  
23 2010 CLINCHED C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
24 2 CRACKERJACK PRINCESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Archie Alexander  
25 2123×24 CROWN MINT G 3 Gordon Richards  
26 452 DALGARNO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
27 23 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
28   DEFIANT CAESOUR G 3 Leon & Troy Corstens  
29 95×2 DUBAI CENTRE G 3 Danny O’Brien  
30 5×0 DUBAWI PRINCE C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
31 541 EL SANTOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Dan O’Sullivan  
32 1 EMBOLISM C 3 Danny O’Brien  
33 8×73 FAVREAU (NZ) G 3 John Sargent  
34 311 FLASH FLOODSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
35 221x2x FLYING AWARD C 3 Danny O’Brien  
36 4x312x FORMENTERA C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
37 6×157 FRANKIE TWO ANGELSSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Denis Pagan  
38 2502162x3x GLENFIDDICH C 3 Peter G Moody  
39 64946×69 GORSHIN C 3 Anthony Cummings  
40 85x GRAND POPE G 3 Nick Ryan  
41 517×4 GRANDSLAMSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
42 18 HIT THE SHOT C 3 Matt Cumani  
43 75x HORRIFYING (NZ) C 3 Mark Kavanagh  
44 2×52 IMAGINE HOWESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Robbie Griffiths  
45 42×25 IRONEDGE G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
46 33x JOHNNY BUCCANEERSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
47 0329 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 3 Denis Pagan  
48 74 KENZAN G 3 Danny O’Brien  
49 24 LAUGHING GRIZZLEY G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
50 6 LET HIM RIP (NZ) G 3 Levi Kavanagh  
51 21x LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
52 111 LOVE TAP G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman  
53 5x52116x64 LUNAR FOXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Paul Preusker  
54   MADE BY KHAN (NZ) G 3 Matt Laurie  
55 0x17 MIRAVALLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Mark Newnham  
56 8x325x2 NAMAZU C 3 James Cummings  
57   OATH OF OMERTA C 3 Michael Hickmott  
58 821 OCEANOGRAPHY (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
59 0x422 PERNELL C 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds  
60 23 POLAND C 3 Michael Moroney  
61 8 PRIVATE WEAPON C 3 Anthony Cummings  
62 76×5 REAL PEACE C 3 Clarry Conners  
63 3 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
64 53 RELIABLE DUDE (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra  
65 522x REUBERSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Cindy Alderson  
66 24×545 ROUSSEAU C 3 Chris Waller  
67 6×2 SABOR C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
68 32×1 SAMMY C 3 Kris Lees  
69 1×24 SAUVESTRE C 3 Chris Waller  
70 5371 SHADOW PREYSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Simon Morrish  
71 21×418 SO YOU CAN G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas  
72 92×771 STREET DANCER C 3 Anthony Cummings  
73 6x1x TALAMO (NZ) G 3 Michael Hickmott  
74 6×1 TANAAWOL (NZ) C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
75 5122 THE BRUMBY G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy  
76 6x57x1347 THE PRESSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
77 81x TOKEN SPIRITSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Robbie Griffiths  
78 2×76 TOUR OF DUTY C 3 Michael Moroney  
79 36 TRAIL BLAZER G 3 Michael Moroney  
80 58×1 TRODAIRESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Lloyd Kennewell  
81 5 ULTIMATE EDITIONSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 John & Chris Ledger  
82 792 VOLATILE STOCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
83 6×17 WERTHEIMER (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
84 4x WISAKA G 3 Michael Moroney  
85 651 WISE COUNSELSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
86 36×25 YANGTZE RAPIDSSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Chris Waller  
87   YESUGEI (NZ) C 3 Danny O’Brien  
88 1 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien  
89 86x ZALMATIANSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Daniel Williams  
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Victoria Derby Tips

Victory Derby tips on which three-year-old to back in the classic are notoriously hard to follow with so many upsets in the race over the years. When sorting through the pre-race predictions one thing that statistically is important to look for horses coming off a lead-up race over at least 2000m.

Graduates out of Melbourne lead-up races make the best VRC Derby betting tips, while laying the favourite has also proved profitable more often than not looking back at the recent Victoria Derby results.

2020 Victoria Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Victoria Derby 2020 betting tips and Group 1 Flemington exotic selections on the classic will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the three-year-old colts & geldings to get behind at the right price this spring.

Victoria Derby Form Guide

A good Victoria Derby form guide doesn’t only list the horses, trainers, jockeys and barriers but also their lead-up form and any past runs at the track / distance. That information can be helpful when narrowing down who to back and who to sack.

The Victoria Derby barriers are important to consider with wide barriers producing few winners since 2008 and the inside alley producing two winners during that time with both Monaco Consul (2009) and Polanski (2013) jumping from gate one.

Phar Lap won the victoria derby odds finishing order

Phar Lap was another champion that has won both the Victoria Derby (1929) and Melbourne Cup (1930).

Victoria Derby Form Facts

  • The Moonee Valley Vase is the key VRC Derby form race to follow with Efficient (2006) the last to do the double
  • Favourites in Victoria Derby betting have a poor recent record with Tarzino (2015) the first to salute since Efficient (2006) and Ace High (2017) the only other since
  • Wide Victoria Derby barriers have produced only a few winners since 2008
  • Upset Victoria Derby results are common so look for value further down the odds on well-bred horses likely to run out the 2500m
  • Jockey Damien Oliver has ridden six VRC Derby winners (since 1983) most recently on Warning (2019)

2020 Victoria Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive VRC Derby 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Victoria Derby Results & History

The Victoria Derby results including the winner, the trifecta with the first three over the line, winning margins and the complete finishing order of all the starters are out after the classic jumps as Flemington Race 7, the same course and race number as the iconic Melbourne Cup run three days later, on the first Saturday of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Arguably Australia’s greatest ever champion Phar Lap, won the the Victoria Derby in 1929 before winning the Melbourne Cup the following year. Winners of the VRC Derby dating back to the year 2000 can also be seen below.

Victoria Derby Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Warning Southern Moon Soul Patch 2:40.8
2018 Extra Brut Stars Of Carrum Chapada 2:34.3
2017 Ace High Sully Astoria 2:37.5
2016 Prized Icon Sacred Elixir Inference 2:36.1
2015 Tarzino Etymology Kia Ora Koutou 2:38.3
2014 Preferment Bondeiger Nozomi 2:37.8
2013 Polanski Complacent Thunder Fantasy 2:38.6
2012 Fiveandahalfstar Super Cool Rawnaq 2:35.9
2011 Sangster Induna Sabrage 2:40.3
2010 Lion Tamer Praecido Retrieve 2:46.4
2009 Monaco Consul Extra Zero Viking Legend 2:41.6
2008 Rebel Raider Whobegotyou Pre Eminence 2:36.9
2007 Kibbutz Littorio Marching 2:40.9
2006 Efficient Gorky Park Teranaba 2:38.3
2005 Benicio Duelled Headturner 2:37.0
2004 Plastered Savabeel Count Ricardo 2:35.4
2003 Elvstroem Kempinsky Our Bahare 2:38.9
2002 Helenus Hydrometer Aint There 2:40.5
2001 Amalfi Zarek Pentastic 2:34.6
2000 Hit The Roof Universal Prince Falls The Shadow 2:39.0