Victoria Derby 2018

Saturday November 3, 2018

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 $1.5 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.

This year the 2018 Victoria Derby ran on Saturday November 3, 2018.

2018 Victoria Derby Results

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

Victoria Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 3, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2500m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1855

2018 Victoria Derby Results

The 2018 Victoria Derby Results will be published as soon as the race runs on Saturday November 3, 2018.

Victoria Derby Betting & Odds

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) the only top fancy 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.

2018 Victoria Derby Odds

The spring’s latest Victoria Derby 2018 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 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.

2018 Victoria Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Victoria Derby 2018 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 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.

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.

2018 Victoria Derby Field

The official VRC Derby 2018 Final Field & Barriers are set for release in late October, 2018 and will be provided in full below so stay tuned to see what gun three-year-old stayers making the line-up.

2018 Victoria Derby Nominations

The Victoria Derby 2018 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.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 647×1178 A FIGHTING FURY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
2 66 ABLESTOCK (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
3 1x ALESSANDRO C 3 Robbie Griffiths
4 7×69 ALICANTO (NZ) G 3 Jason Warren
5 6×601 AMERICAN IN PARIS C 3 Darren Weir
6 3114 APPROACH DISCREET C 3 Darren Weir
7 2141 ARAMAYO C 3 James Cummings
8 3 ASGARD MASSIF C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 22 BIG BUDS G 3 Damien Batters
10 4×2 BILL THE BEE C 3 Michael Moroney
11 33 BONAPARTE C 3 Michael Moroney
12 1×4 BOTTI (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
13 78 BRILLIANCE SQUARED (NZ) C 3 Darren Weir
14 262 BRUTAL POWER G 3 Michael Moroney
15 2x BUSTA MOVE C 3 Henry Dwyer
16 CAPTAIN MERINGUE (NZ) G 3 Matthew Enright
17 65x CHAPADA G 3 Michael Moroney
18 7×2192 CLOAK C 3 James Cummings
19 398×202 CONCRETE G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
20 71 COSMIC CITY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
21 5x6x6 COSTELLO G 3 David Payne
22 631×32 DEALMAKER C 3 Chris Waller
23 1×14 DECLARATIONOFHEART C 3 Anthony Freedman
24 196 DOROZA (NZ) C 3 Matt Cumani
25 6415x EAST INDIAMAN C 3 Tony McEvoy
26 8 ENRICO PALLAZZO G 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
27 211 EXTRA BRUT C 3 Darren Weir
28 1x45x19 FAROOQ C 3 Tony McEvoy
29 431 FAST TRAIN C 3 Gerald Ryan
30 00 FRANCARLO (NZ) G 3 Pat Carey
31 44×3171413 FUN FACT C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
32 31 GALAHAD GURU G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
33 8 GAME HAS CHANGED G 3 Michael Moroney
34 11×31 GEM SONG C 3 Kris Lees
35 211×3 GOOD ’N’ FAST e C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
36 20×5206 GRAND SYMPHONY e G 3 Robbie Griffiths
37 545×39 GREEN IVY G 3 Ken Keys
38 93 GRINZINGER STAR (NZ) C 3 Danny O’Brien
39 2x77x244 HASABRO (NZ) C 3 Stephen McKee
40 80x HERE’S ALWYN C 3 Robbie Laing
41 4115×63 HOME GROUND G 3 John Sargent
42 817×770 HOME WIN C 3 John Sargent
43 3 HURRICANE FIGHTER (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney
44 9513 IMMELMANN G 3 Matt Laurie
45 33066 INKSLINGER C 3 Brian McGrath
46 847×21 INTO THE OBLIVION G 3 Paul Perry
47 8x2517x443 IRUKANDJI C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
48 115 JUST ROLLING C 3 Tony McEvoy
49 21425 LEATHERHEAD C 3 James Cummings
50 28x LIFT (NZ) G 3 Darren Weir
51 525×164 LIGULATE C 3 James Cummings
52 83x7x LORD GLADSTONE G 3 Anthony Freedman
53 715×223 LOUIE THE LEGEND C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
54 11 MERCHANT OF VENICE C 3 Jason Warren
55 259×1 MICKEY BLUE EYES C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
56 512×32 MUSWELLBROOK G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
57 2 MUTANAASEQ (NZ) C 3 Jamie Edwards
58 43429520 NERO CHIN CHIN G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
59 5108×00 NOT A SINGLE CENT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
60 7×24 OPPOSITE G 3 Danny O’Brien
61 324x655x4 ORCEIN G 3 Chris Waller
62 x21035x764 OUTRAGEOUS C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
63 58xL PERFECT AWARD G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
64 42 PIEROPAN G 3 Henry Dwyer
65 32×000 POWER OF ATTORNEY C 3 Tony Vasil
66 01 PREDECESSOR C 3 Dean Binaisse
67 5×431 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) C 3 John P Thompson
68 42 QUAFFANY G 3 Tony McEvoy
69 137×1 REAL SUCCESS G 3 Matt Laurie
70 8x RELANSKI C 3 Robbie Laing
71 02x16x RESURGE C 3 Tony McEvoy
72 25120×09 SANCTIMONIOUS C 3 Tony McEvoy
73 033 SATIRICAL KNIGHT G 3 John Sargent
74 5321 SAVOIE C 3 Darren Weir
75 184 SAVVY OAK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
76 414200×969 SEBERATE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
77 7×261 SIKORSKY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
78 715x SOLLEVARE (NZ) G 3 Matt Cumani
79 78×64 STARS OF CARRUM C 3 Robbie Laing
80 441 SUBRAISE C 3 Darren Weir
81 510 SYDNEY BLUE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
82 361112 TARKA C 3 David Payne
83 1 TAVIDANCE (NZ) C 3 Darren Weir
84 8115 TAVIRUN (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
85 111×31 THE AUTUMN SUN C 3 Chris Waller
86 1311 THINKIN’ BIG C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
87 12142 THORONDOR C 3 Robbie Laing
88 743×8312 THUNDERDOME G 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
89 620x38x TITAN BLINDERS G 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
90 1x TOLEMAC G 3 Francis Finnegan
91 6×3711315 UNFAIR DISMISSAL C 3 Tony McEvoy
92 8511×77 VASSILATOR (NZ) C 3 Colin Little
93 025722 VIGERE G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
94 7117 VISAO C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
95 83 VOW AND DECLARE G 3 Danny O’Brien
96 6716 WHAM G 3 Michael Moroney
97 2x YULONG TAVION (NZ) C 3 Mick Price

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 just two 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 three 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)

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
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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