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 runs on Saturday November 2, 2019.

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.

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.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 21x ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) C 3 Lindsey Smith
2 76×229 ASPECT RATIO F 3 John Sargent
3 072 ASTRAEUS (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
4 6×6 BATTENBURG (NZ) C 3 John Thompson
5 8×5221 BRILLIANT VENTURE (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
6 3 BUDGET KING G 3 Lloyd Kennewell
7 131 CAMP RIFLE G 3 James Cummings
8 25×142 CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 758 COOMBE LANE C 3 Matt Cumani
10 8×15 CRAFTMANSHIP (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
11 3x4182x4 CREATOR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
12 5740×41 DUMMY RUN G 3 David Payne
13 4 EARS THE BARMAN (NZ) G 3 Phillip Stokes
14 2761 EL GUERROUJ (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
15 9 EPSOM DAYS G 3 Pat Carey
16 681×01 EXETER C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
17 63×36 EXTRAORDINARY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
18 557021×9 FABULANSKI C 3 Robbie Laing
19 623 FRANKIE BLUE EYES (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
20 4410×0 GAME KEEPER G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
21 13 GRINZINGER ALLEE (NZ) G 3 Jason Warren
22 48×1 HE IS C 3 Mark Kavanagh
23 361 HIGH TORQUE C 3 Dean Grass
24 4×11 HILO C 3 James Cummings
25 212×0 HINCHPIN G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
26 6711×7 HUNTLY CASTLE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
27 3 I’M THE BUSINESS (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
28 21×98 INDEPENDENT ROAD G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 00 IT’S WAR C 3 John & Chris Ledger
30 09 JAYROD TOO (NZ) C 3 Robbie Laing
31 73×11 JUST THINKIN’ G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
32 1x KNICKPOINT C 3 James Cummings
33 1×5 LAKE’S FOLLY G 3 Anthony Freedman
34 52 LEWIS C 3 Chris Waller
35 22×16 LONG JACK C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
36 6 LUCKY EDWARD G 3 Tony Vasil
37 93557×32 LUCKY IMPERATOR G 3 Gary Moore
38 61 MACH ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
39 MANSENETA G 3 James Cummings
40 16 MIROKU C 3 Phillip Stokes
41 9x MONTSERRAT G 3 James Cummings
42 4 MULRONEY (NZ) C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
43 256×74 NAVARRE G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
44 215 OLYMPIC OATH C 3 Lindsey Smith
45 0 OUTATOWN LOVER G 3 Linc Sullivan
46 2 OVERKILL C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
47 48F0x70 PERSAN C 3 David Payne
48 3x86217x1 POWER SCHEME G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
49 7 QUAIL HOLLOW G 3 Michael Moroney
50 21x1x QUICK THINKER C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
51 703 RAISE ’EM UP C 3 Matthew Brown
52 14 RECKONING G 3 Nick Ryan
53 432 RELUCENT (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
54 76 RENT A ROCK G 3 Danny Williams
55 534 REUBEN JAMES G 3 Paul Perry
56 5x91x4x RHAEGAR G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
57 63 ROYAL ADMIRAL C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
58 2 ROYALTY C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
59 66×66 SACRAMENTO G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
60 7×67 SCICONIC C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
61 77×82 SERENGETI G 3 Pat Carey
62 51 SERIOUS LIAISON C 3 Danny O’Brien
63 214×3 SHADOW HERO G 3 Mark Newnham
64 5357x31x SHAKESPEARE (NZ) G 3 Johno Benner
65 5×1 SIGN OF USSURI G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
66 2 SIGN SEAL DELIVER C 3 Matt Cumani
67 6×194731 SKIDDAW C 3 Danny O’Brien
68 1×2 SOUL PATCH C 3 Ken Keys
69 0x3 SOUTHERN MOON C 3 Mitchell Freedman
70 28426×61 STAND TO ATTENTION C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
71 88533 THE BOROUGH G 3 Paul Perry
72 0114 THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
73 6×1412 THE LIFELINE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
74 653×25 THOUGHT OF THAT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
75 TOMBSTONE (NZ) G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
76 77×48 TRANSLATOR C 3 Nigel Blackiston
77 17×353 TREATY OF SEVILLE C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
78 2242 TROLLEYED (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
79 62 VIGOROSO G 3 Gary Portelli
80 7313179×3 VINCO G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
81 7F0x456591 WAR BARON C 3 David Payne
82 74×34 WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman
83 465 WAY BACK WHEN C 3 Chris Waller
84 123111×7 YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

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 five VRC Derby winners (since 1983) most recently on Preferment (2014)

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.

2019 Victoria Derby Results

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

Victoria Derby Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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