The Victoria Derby is a 2500 metre race for three-year-olds run under set weight conditions. It is held by the Victoria Racing Club at Flemington in late October or early November on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO Set Weights
- Distance: 2,500 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
The Victoria Derby was first run in 1855 when it was won by the filly Rose Of May. Fillies won the first three years in a row but over time it has become a male dominated event with the last filly to win being Frances Tressady in 1923. It is the oldest classic race in Victoria and Derby Day is one of the greatest days on the racing calendar as every race is at Group level with four Group 1 events.
The race was originally run over 1½ miles and in 1972 it was changed to 2400 metres when Australia adopted the metric system. However the run from the start to the first turn was regarded as too short and potentially dangerous so in 1973 it was increased to the present distance of 2500 metres. Geldings were not allowed to race in the Derby between 1931 and 1956.
2017 Victoria Derby Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Victoria Derby odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Victoria Derby Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 plus one emergency for the $1,500,000 AAMI Victoria Derby. Seven of them had their last start in the Listed Geelong Classic over 2200m, four had their last start in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic over 2000m, two in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m, two in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase over 2040m and the remaining two had their last starts over 2200m at Seymour and 2000m at Mornington. Four of the runners are still maidens.
The betting is very open with Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High the early favourite. On the second line of betting are Tangled who was 2nd in the Spring Champion then 2nd in the Caulfield Classic, and Main Stage who won the UCI Stakes before 3rd in the Caulfield Classic.
Weather With You was an impressive winner of the Geelong Classic last start. Sully is a very consistent horse that chased hard for 3rd in the Spring Champion. Astoria was 5th in that race then ran on strongly out wide for 3rd in the Geelong Classic. Greycliffe has won 2 of his 4 starts including a last-start 4 length win over 2200m at Seymour. Ocean’s Fourteen finished 2nd in the Geelong Classic at his 3rd start. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer, including Johnny Vinko who is well bred for this distance.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Ace High||2 Tangled||12 Greycliffe|
|7 Weather With You||1 Ace High||1 Ace High|
|2 Tangled||6 Sully||2 Tangled|
|11 Ocean’s Fourteen||5 Main Stage||5 Main Stage|
Past Winners of the Victoria Derby:
The traditional lead-up race is the Group 2 AAMI Vase over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley held one week before on Cox Plate day. Winners of the Vase and Victoria Derby double are Efficient (2006), Plastered (2004), Helenus (2002), Blevic (1994) and Raveneaux (1986) while many horses have won one and been placed in the other. Monaco Consul (2009) won the Group1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick as a lead-up.
As the premier staying event for three-year-olds in the spring, the race attracts top class horses. Phar Lap won in 1929 then won the 1930 Melbourne Cup. In 2007 the 2006 Derby winner Efficient was the next horse to win the Melbourne Cup the following year.2003 winner Elvstroem won the 2004 Caulfield Cup and Dulcify (1978) and Red Anchor (1984) both went on to win the next Cox Plate. In 1995 Nothin’ Leica Dane raced the following Tuesday for 2nd in the Melbourne Cup as a three-year-old.
When Prized Icon won in 2016, trainer James Cummings was the fourth generation Cummings to train the winner of this race.
|2017||Ace High||Sully (NZ)||Astoria|
|2016||Prized Icon||Sacred Elixir (NZ)||Inference|
|2015||Tarzino (NZ)||Etymology||Kia Ora Koutou|
|2009||Monaco Consul||Extra Zero||Viking Legend|
|2008||Rebel Raider||Whobegotyou||Pre Eminence|
|2000||Hit The Roof||Universal Prince||Falls the Shadow|