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Victoria Derby Day


Victoria Derby Day signals the arrival of the biggest week of the entire Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Cup Week at Flemington. We will be there with all the action of our Melbourne Racing Tips for Melbourne Cup week with our Expert Melbourne Racing Tips analyst Pete Brinky. Saturday Derby Day Tips will be sent out the day prior race day with full form and analysis.

Melbourne Cup Week is a week long extravaganza of top line racing and the crowds (pre COVID) flock in their hundreds of thousands to enjoy the festivities. The Group 1 Victoria Derby is a true staying test that can be gruelling on the new season 3 year olds but at $2 million it’s a race all the topliners want to win. 

The day itself is seen as the “purest” from a race quality perspective with 3 other Group 1’s on the day along with Group 2 and 3 races and they are:

Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) 
Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m)
Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) 
Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) 
TAB Stakes (1200m) 
Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) 
Hotham Handicap (2500m) 
Furphy Sprint (1100m) 

The Victoria Derby is seen as the 3 year old “Jewel in the Crown” and is targeted by all connections with a potential stayer. Most horses enter this race by contesting the Vase at Moonee Valley the week before. Some come through the Derby Trial at Geelong or the Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney. This race is a big unknown due to the unexposed ability of these 3 year olds to run the trip, as in general they have not been to the distance before. This is a race that requires speed and stamina to win, a very rare commodity.

Victoria Derby Betting Odds

$3.50 Forgot You, Gunstock
$11.00 Alegron, Hitotsu, Tutuukata
$14.00 Teewaters, Cerberus
$16.00 El Patroness, Spirit of Gaylard
$21.00+ all other runners