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Victoria Derby

The 2018 Victoria Derby is held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is the first big race in the Melbourne Cup Four Day Carnival. Worth $1.5 million in prize money, The Victoria Derby is held at Flemington Racecourse on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup each year. The Group 1 race was first run in 1855, making it the oldest of Australia’s Classic races. The Derby is run over a distance of 2,500 metres on Flemington’s left handed grass track.

2018 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Extra Brut
  • 2nd: #4 Stars of Carrum
  • 3rd: #10 Chapada

The Victoria Derby is the feature race of Victoria Derby Day, which is the only race day in Australia where every single race has Group Status. In recent years, Derby Day has become known as ‘Men’s day’ in the Fashion Stakes, and each year men compete in the ‘Fashions on the Field’ for money and prizes. It is customary for racegoers to wear black and white attire on the day. The Victoria Derby now attracts crowds that top 100,000 each year.

Originally run over a distance of one and a half miles, the race’s distance was changed to 2,400 metres in 1972 due to the introduction of the metric system in Australia. The distance was then changed to 2,500 metres a year later when problems arose from the short run between the start and the first turn out of the straight.

The Victoria Derby is a set weight race for three-year-old colts, geldings and fillies. In the race colts and geldings are required to carry 55.5 kilograms, while fillies must carry 53.5 kilograms. The first three horses to ever win the race were fillies named Rose of May (1955), Flying Doe (1956) and Tricolor (1957). However, no filly has been successful in recent years, with the last filly to win the Victoria Derby being Frances Tressady in 1923. During the years between 1931 and 1956 geldings were not allowed to compete in the Victoria Derby.

In the Victoria Derby’s history only one horse has won the race more than once. A horse named Fireworks accomplished this by winning consecutive titles in both 1867 and 1868. Throughout the running of the Victoria Derby three horses have won their maiden in the race. This includes Martini Henry, a New Zealand bred horse, who won in 1883. More recently, Fire Oak in 1990, Redding in 1992  and Preferment in 2014 have won Victoria Derby as a maiden galloper. Other notable horses to win the Victoria Derby include Phar Lap (1929), Efficient (2006) and Lion Tamer (2010). Star Of The Realm holds the record for fastest time at 2 minutes and 33.6 seconds for his run in 1991.

Top Adealide based jockey Clare Lindop became the first female rider to win the Victoria Derby on Rebel Raider in 2008 while Gai Waterhouse was the first female trainer to saddle up the of Victoria Derby with Nothin’ Leica Dane in 1995.

Victoria Derby Results

2018 Victoria Derby Results

The VRC Derby For 2018 full results will be published here once the race has commenced.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 3 EXTRA BRUT Darren Weir John Allen 13 55.5kg
2 4 STARS OF CARRUM Robbie Laing Ben Melham 1L 6 55.5kg
3 10 CHAPADA Michael Moroney James McDonald 3L 10 55.5kg
4 11 SIKORSKY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 3.2L 5 55.5kg
5 5 HOME GROUND John Sargent Hugh Bowman 3.4L 14 55.5kg
6 2 ARAMAYO James Cummings Tye Angland 3.6L 8 55.5kg
7 14 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 3.9L 4 55.5kg
8 8 VISAO Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 5.15L 11 55.5kg
9 12 FAROOQ Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 6.65L 1 55.5kg
10 6 MICKEY BLUE EYES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 6.75L 2 55.5kg
11 16 GRINZINGER STAR (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6.85L 3 55.5kg
12 1 THINKIN’ BIG Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 7.35L 7 55.5kg
13 7 SAVOIE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 16.35L 15 55.5kg
14 15 TOLEMAC Francis Finnegan Michael Dee 17.35L 12 55.5kg
15 9 SEBERATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 32.35L 16 55.5kg
16 13 LOUIE THE LEGEND Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 36.35L 9 55.5kg

Victoria Derby Field

The Victoria Derby field is limited to a total of 16 runners plus four emergencies. Victoria Derby nominations are first released in late September. The final field of 16 runners is announced on the Wednesday before the race is run. The race field is decided by a balloting system. Horses that have won the most prize money in the past two years or have placed or won eligible lead-up races generally have the highest chances of making the Victoria Derby field.

Victoria Derby Field & Odds

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 131131 THINKIN’ BIG Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 55.5kg 91
2 214123 ARAMAYO James Cummings Tye Angland 10 55.5kg 88
3 21116 EXTRA BRUT Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Darren Weir John Allen 15 55.5kg 78
4 78×647221 STARS OF CARRUM Robbie Laing Ben Melham 7 55.5kg 89
5 4115×6381 HOME GROUND John Sargent Hugh Bowman 16 55.5kg 74
6 259×1155 MICKEY BLUE EYES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3 55.5kg 73
7 5321132 SAVOIE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 17 55.5kg 78
8 711704 VISAO Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 13 55.5kg 69
9 200×969430 SEBERATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 18 55.5kg 67
10 6512 CHAPADA Michael Moroney James McDonald 12 55.5kg 68
11 7×26123 SIKORSKY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 6 55.5kg 67
12 1x45x19892 FAROOQ Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 2 55.5kg 68
13 715×22340 LOUIE THE LEGEND Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 11 55.5kg 62
14 18464 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 5 55.5kg 66
15 124 TOLEMAC Francis Finnegan 14 55.5kg 64
16 93313 GRINZINGER STAR (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 55.5kg 65
17e 151 ALESSANDRO Robbie Griffiths Ben Thompson 1 55.5kg 67
18e 8321 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien James Winks 8 55.5kg 62

2018 Victoria Derby First Acceptances

The 2018 Victoria Derby first acceptances will be announced in late October and published in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 151 ALESSANDRO C 3 Robbie Griffiths
2 6×60185 AMERICAN IN PARIS C 3 Darren Weir
3 3114358 APPROACH DISCREET C 3 Darren Weir
4 214123 ARAMAYO C 3 James Cummings
5 1×4150 BOTTI (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
6 6512 CHAPADA G 3 Michael Moroney
7 7×2192850 CLOAK C 3 James Cummings
8 631×3266 DEALMAKER C 3 Chris Waller
9 21116 EXTRA BRUT C 3 Darren Weir
10 1x45x19892 FAROOQ C 3 Tony McEvoy
11 884 GAME HAS CHANGED G 3 Michael Moroney
12 93313 GRINZINGER STAR (NZ) C 3 Danny O’Brien
13 x77x244290 HASABRO (NZ) C 3 Stephen McKee
14 4115×6381 HOME GROUND G 3 John Sargent
15 9513039 IMMELMANN G 3 Matt Laurie
16 33066180 INKSLINGER C 3 Brian McGrath
17 847×2100 INTO THE OBLIVION G 3 Paul Perry
18 115920 JUST ROLLING C 3 Tony McEvoy
19 525×164637 LIGULATE C 3 James Cummings
20 715×22340 LOUIE THE LEGEND C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
21 259×1155 MICKEY BLUE EYES C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
22 7×24408 OPPOSITE G 3 Danny O’Brien
23 035×764409 OUTRAGEOUS C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
24 32×000500 POWER OF ATTORNEY C 3 Tony Vasil
25 137×1227 REAL SUCCESS G 3 Matt Laurie
26 5321132 SAVOIE C 3 Darren Weir
27 18464 SAVVY OAK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
28 200×969430 SEBERATE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 7×26123 SIKORSKY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
30 78×647221 STARS OF CARRUM C 3 Robbie Laing
31 81158 TAVIRUN (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
32 131131 THINKIN’ BIG C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
33 743×831200 THUNDERDOME G 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
34 124 TOLEMAC G 3 Francis Finnegan
35 711704 VISAO C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
36 8321 VOW AND DECLARE G 3 Danny O’Brien

2018 Victoria Derby Nominations

The 2018 Victoria Derby nominations will be provided below.

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

The Victoria Derby field is open to three-year-old horses only and is run under set-weight conditions. For that reason, all the fillies in the race must carry 53.5 kilograms, while all colts and geldings in the race are allocated 55.5 kilograms. Despite the fact that fillies are eligible to compete, they rarely feature in the running of the race. The Victoria Derby is often made of up of colts and geldings only and the last filly to win the race was Frances Tressady in 1923. Three-year-old fillies usually opt to run instead in the Crown Oaks, which is held five days later at the same track and open to their sex and age group only.

Victoria Derby Form Guide

People also the performances of Victoria Derby runners to help predict how those same horses will fair in races such as the Crown Oaks for three-year-old fillies, Queen Elizabeth Stales, Sandown Classic, Geelong Cup and Ballarat Cup.

People produce a Victoria Derby form guide based on the runner’s performances in lead-up races like the Cox Plate and Caulfield Guineas. However, the best assessment of how a horse will perform in the Victoria Derby is often found by watching the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes, Listed Geelong Classic for the three year olds, and Group 2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley. These races are so helpful in forming a Victoria Derby form guide because they are run under the same three-year-old set weight conditions and are run over a similar distance. Furthermore, because many of the hopeful Victoria Derby runners will run in these races, it is a good opportunity to assess how they will fare against each other.

Victoria Derby Betting

The Victoria Derby is a popular race when it comes to betting. Because it has one of the smaller fields of all the spring carnival features, it is easier to pick a winner as there are fewer horses to choose from. Also, due to the fact that there are many similar conditioned lead-up races to the Victoria Derby, punters usually have a feel for how horses will perform against one another on the day.

Like many of the major spring carnival features, the Victoria Derby can be coupled up in multibets which has become very popular with punters. Bets on the Victoria Derby can also be placed in the form of quadrella, quinellas, trifectas and exactas. Mystery trifectas are often a favourable option for people who would like to have a bet on the race but do not know much of the runners’ past performances or form. Basic win and place bets are also extremely popular amongst punter betting on the Victoria Derby.

Victoria Derby Odds

Odds for the Victoria Derby initially are released in late September when the very first round of nominations are released. These are usually in the form of fixed-price bets, as the final field is yet to be named. This means that good horses will be offered at what is usually a better price than usual, however, should they not run in final field then all stakes laid will be lost.

New odds are constantly released in the month before the Victoria Derby as each new round of nominations are announced. Precise odds will be released when the final field and barrier draw is announced on the Wednesday before the Victoria Derby. The barrier draw in particular has a large impact on what odds certain horses will be offered at. Horses that have drawn a good barrier (generally 1-8) will be more likely to firm in price, while those with an outside barrier may experience inflated odds.

Victoria Derby odds will also be affected by how each of the runners has performed in lead-up races such as the Cox Plate, Caulfield Guineas, Norman Robinson Stakes, Listed Geelong Classic and AAMI Vase. Horses that have come up trumps against the majority of the Victoria Derby runners on numerous occasions will likely find themselves as the race favourite.

Victoria Derby Tips

Victoria Derby tips are usually based on a variety of factors. As previously mentioned, each horse’s performance in races leading up to the Victoria Derby will have a large influence on the tips. This is particularly true for the Listed Cranbourne Cup, Norman Robinson Stakes, Listed Geelong Cup and AAMI Vase as they have the same race conditions as the Victoria Derby.

People also often base their tips on the barrier draws. Usually when a runner draws an outside gate, it leads to them having a much harder run than those who have drawn inside. Should a horse get caught wide due to jumping from a wide barrier, they may face the prospect of covering far more of a distance than those horses that have obtained the inside run. Because the Victoria Derby is a 2,500 metre stayers’ race, this can result in horses tiring before they are asked to make their final run down the home straight.

Victoria Derby tips are also formulated by looking at the state of the track. If, for example, the track is wet, then horses that can handle the soft ground will usually be a good tip. Some horses also need soft ground if they have had leg, knee or hoof injuries in the past, so a dry track could cause them to pull up lame before the winning post. All of these factors must be considered when putting together Victoria Derby tips.

Victoria Derby Day

Victoria Derby Day is held on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It always occurs on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup in late October or early November.  Victoria Derby Day has a total of nine Group races run at the meet. These include the group 1 Longines Mile, Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Group 1 Myer Classic, Group 2 Wakeful Stakes, Group 2 Salinger Stakes, Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes, Group 3 The Lexus Stakes and Group 3 Chatham Stakes. The entire Victoria Derby Day is worth a total of $4.8 million in prize money.

Many runners who are competing in the Melbourne Cup three days later take part in one of the events on Victoria Derby Day in order to loosen up for the big race. Also, The Lexus Stakes is one of the many races that offers a guaranteed start in the Melbourne Cup to the winner. Victoria Derby Day is represented by the Corn Flower.

Victoria Derby Day is colloquially known as “Men’s Day” by those who attend it. Men compete against each other at “Fashions on the Field” for money and prizes. It is traditional for the colours black and white to be worn by patrons on Victoria Derby Day.

Each year Victoria Derby Day draws large crowds to Flemington Racecourse. In 2006, Victoria Derby Day experienced a record attendance of nearly 130,000 people.

Victoria Derby Results

The Victoria Derby has been won by only colts and geldings since 1924. Three horses have broken their maiden by winning the Victoria Derby. These were Martini Henry in 1883, Fire Oaks in 1990, Redding in 1992 and Preferment in 2014. In 2005, Clare Lindop became the first female jockey to ride in a Victoria Derby. She then became the first female to win the race aboard Rebel Raider in 2008. Trainer Gai Waterhouse was the first female trainer to win a Victoria Derby, claiming victory with Nothin’ Leica Dane in 1995.

The fastest winning time by a Victoria Derby winner was Star Of The Real, who won the race in 2 minutes and 33.6 seconds in 1991. Bobbie Lewis posted the most wins of any jockey in the Victoria Derby, winning the race eight times from 1900-1927, while trainer James Scobie has also won the most Victoria Derby’s with eight triumphs from 1900-1937.

Since the Victoria Derby is the oldest classic race still being run in Australia, there have been many champions who have claimed victory throughout its history, including Poseidon (1906), Phar Lap (1929), Comic Court (1948), Tulloch (1957) and Tobin Bronze (1965).

Victoria Derby Winners & Placings

The table below shows the winners and results of the Victoria Derby since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2018 1 Extra Brut 2 Stars of Carrum 3 Chapada 2:34.31
2017 1 Ace High 2 Sully 3 Astoria 2:37.55
2016 1 Prized Icon 2 Sacred Elixir 3 Inference 2:36.16
2015 1 Tarzino 2 Etymology 3 Kia Ora Koutou 2:38.39
2014 1 Preferment 2 Bondeiger 3 Nozomi 2:37.81
2013 1 Polanski 2 Complacent 3 Thunder Fantasy 2:38.66
2012 1 Fiveandahalfstar 2 Super Cool 3 Rawnaq 2:35.92
2011 1 Sangster 2 Induna 3 Sabrage 2:41.68
2010 1 Lion Tamer 2 Praecido 3 Retrieve 2:40.33
2009 1 Monaco Consul 2 Extra Zero 3 Viking Legend 2:41.68
2008 1 Rebel Raider 2 Whobegotyou 3 Pre Eminence 2:36.9
2007 1 Kibbutz 2 Littorio 3 Marching 2:40.9
2006 1 Efficient 2 Gorky Park 3 Teranaba 2:38.3
2005 1 Benicio 2 Duelled 3 Headhunter 2:37.0
2004 1 Plastered 2 Savabeel 3 Count Ricardo 2:35.4
2003 1 Elvstroem 2 Kempinsky 3 Out Bahare 2:38.9
2002 1 Helenus 2 Hydrometer 3 Aint There 2:40.5
2001 1 Amalfi 2 Zarek 3 Pentastic 2:34.6
2000 1 Hit The Roof 2 Universal Prince 3 Falls The Shadow 2:39.0

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