Tomorrow the first Group 1 feature of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival will take place as Flemington hosts the 2010 Victoria Derby.
In anticipation of this classic three-year-olds showdown the Races.com.au team has put together a video retrospective featuring three of the great Derby winners from the past decade.
Captured on film and published here, punters can relive some of the unforgettable Victoria Derby results below from Monaco Consul’s strong win in Derby just 12 months ago to the victory of future Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.
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2009 Victoria Derby Winner – Monaco Consul
Mike Moroney’s well-bred High Chaparral galloper Monaco Consul had a strong lead-up campaign to the 2009 Victoria Derby including a win in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.
On the day was too strong for Extra Zero and Viking Legend winning by a comfortable two and a quarter lengths making his Group 1 record a perfect two from two at that stage.
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2006 Victoria Derby Winner – Efficient
In 2006 the great grey Efficient finally gave trainer Graeme Rogerson a Victoria Derby victory after he had prepared the past two Victoria Derby runners-up.
It was a brilliant performance by AAMI Vase winner Efficient, the win his fifth in succession at just his sixth career start.
The following spring Efficient would add his name to the list of Melbourne Cup winners!
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2003 Victoria Derby Winner – Elvstroem
The 2003 Victoria Derby was all about revenge for the great Elvstroem. The week before the son of Danehill had finished a close second behind Kempinsky in the AAMI Vase, but on Derby Day he turned the tables and held on to beat his arch rival Kempinksy by a length.
Elvstroem would continue on to win the 2004 Caulfield Cup and Underwood Stakes before embarking on an international racing career. The superstar retired having earned a remarkable $5.7 million in prize money!
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