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. 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 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).
This year the Victoria Derby will be run on Saturday October 28th.
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.
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 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 Derby with just one saluting in the past 10 years with 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.
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 is horses that ran in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes, which has produced two winners since 2011 including Polanski who completed the double in 2013.
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 2006 and the inside alley producing two winners during that time with both Monaco Consul (2009) and Polanski (2013) jumping from gate one.
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.
2017 Victoria Derby Results
The 2017 Victoria Derby Results will be published as soon as the race runs on Saturday October 28th.
Victoria Derby Winners
|2015||Tarzino||Etymology||Kia Ora Koutou||2:38.3|
|2009||Monaco Consul||Extra Zero||Viking Legend||2:41.6|
|2008||Rebel Raider||Whobegotyou||Pre Eminence||2:36.9|
|2000||Hit The Roof||Universal Prince||Falls The Shadow||2:39.0|