Victoria Derby 2019

Saturday November 2, 2019


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 double shot of Group 1 spring racing action with the three-years-old staying feature accompanied on the Flemington race card by the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for the short distance sprinters of the same age. 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 2019 Victoria Derby ran on Saturday November 2, 2019 and was on by Warning by over three lengths. 

2019 Victoria Derby Results

The 2019 Victoria Derby Results will be published as soon as the race runs on Saturday November 2, 2019.

  • 1st: #4 Warning
  • 2nd: #10 Southern Moon
  • 3rd: #2 Soul Patch

The Victoria Derby 2019 Results saw last start Ladbrokes Classic runner-up Warning improve with a powerhouse three length victory over roughie hope Southern Moon (2nd), with the Vase winner on Cox Plate Day Soul Patch (3rd) rounding out the trifecta. 

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 WARNING Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 10 55.5kg $9.50
2 10 SOUTHERN MOON Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 3.25L 7 55.5kg $21
3 2 SOUL PATCH Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 4.25L 2 55.5kg $3.60
4 11 RELUCENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9L 4 55.5kg $21
5 1 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 10L 9 55.5kg $3F
6 7 INDEPENDENT ROAD David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 12.5L 6 55.5kg $31
7 8 LONG JACK Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 14.25L 15 55.5kg $21
8 9 CRAFTMANSHIP (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jamie Kah 16.25L 11 55.5kg $91
9 6 HUNTLY CASTLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 19.25L 12 55.5kg $51
10 3 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 19.45L 1 55.5kg $4.80
11 15 SIGN SEAL DELIVER Matt Cumani John Allen 21.95L 13 55.5kg $151
12 13 TRANSLATOR Nigel Blackiston Jordan Childs 22.95L 3 55.5kg $101
13 12 HE IS Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 23.15L 14 55.5kg $151
14 16 LUCKY EDWARD Tony Vasil Jack Hill 35.15L 5 55.5kg $301
15 14 NAVARRE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 47.15L 8 55.5kg $201
5 SERIOUS LIAISON Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 0

Victoria Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
  • 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.

2019 Victoria Derby Odds

The spring’s latest Victoria Derby 2019 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.


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.

2019 Victoria Derby Field

The official VRC Derby 2019 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.

The 2019 Victoria Derby Final Field is now out featuring 16 three-year-old staying types led in betting by the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Shadow Hero (10). Shadow Hero has retained top spot in the VRC Derby odds after the Spring Champion runner-up Castelvecchio ran second in last weekend’s Cox Plate results behind star Japanese mare Lys Gracieux.

The rails run in the Victoria Derby field belongs to Thought Of That coming off the Caulfield Classic victory, while last Saturday’s Moonee Valley Vase winner Soul Patch will jump from gate two on the quick back-up.

Scratchings: #5 Serious Liaison (7) is out due to inflammation and heads to the paddock now ahead of an autumn return.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 214×311 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 10 55.5kg 107
2 1×2181 SOUL PATCH Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 2 55.5kg 90
3 653×2511 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 1 55.5kg 81
4 74×3412 WARNING Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 11 55.5kg 77
5 51413 SERIOUS LIAISON Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 7 55.5kg 72
6 6711×735 HUNTLY CASTLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 13 55.5kg 69
7 21×9824 INDEPENDENT ROAD David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 6 55.5kg 70
8 22×1661 LONG JACK Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 16 55.5kg 75
9 8×1515 CRAFTMANSHIP (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jamie Kah 12 55.5kg
10 0x3212 SOUTHERN MOON Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 8 55.5kg 68
11 432323 RELUCENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4 55.5kg 63
12 48×1557 HE IS Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 15 55.5kg 61
13 77×4824 TRANSLATOR Nigel Blackiston Jordan Childs 3 55.5kg 60
14 256×74528 NAVARRE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 9 55.5kg 55
15 235 SIGN SEAL DELIVER Matt Cumani John Allen 14 55.5kg 60
16 6840 LUCKY EDWARD Tony Vasil Jack Hill 5 55.5kg 58

Victoria Derby 2019 Nominations

VRC Derby 2019 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.

There are 85 official 2019 Victoria Derby Nominations including nine for the Lindsay Park operation. Shadow Hero is an early favourite in betting and will look to retain his spot at the top of the all-in markets with a Gloaming Stakes win in Sydney on Golden Rose Day.

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.

2019 Victoria Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Victoria Derby 2019 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) 

2019 Victoria Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive VRC Derby 2019 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