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The Victoria Derby is the first feature race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse and is run on Derby Day.
2017 Victoria Derby Results
- 1st: #1 Ace High
- 2nd: #6 Sully
- 3rd: #3 Astoria
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The Victoria Derby is one of the best classic races held at Flemington Racecourse as part of the prestigious and highly anticipated Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
This 2500m staying race, run on a left-handed turf course, takes place on the first day of the first of the four Melbourne Cup Carnival meetings each year on the Saturday before the famous Melbourne Cup. A Group 1 event for three-year-olds at set weights, the race is worth over $1.5 million and takes place in late October or early November.
The 2017 Victoria Derby ran Saturday November 4th 2017 at Flemington.
Victoria Derby Day
The Victoria Derby is the highlight event on the famous Victoria Derby Day. VRC Derby Day is one of the most exciting and elite meetings of the entire carnival as every race on the card holds group status, including three other fantastic Group 1 races: the Kennedy Mile (1600m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds and the Myer Classic (1600m) for the fillies and mares.
|Victoria Derby 2017|
|Date:||Saturday November 4th 2017|
|Conditions:||Three-year-olds at Set Weights|
Punters can study the form of the horses in the traditional prep race to the Derby, the Group2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day the weekend before. This lead-up event has been an excellent indication for the Victoria Derby in recent years, with many Derby winners coming via this middle distance race.
The Victoria Derby attracts a huge number of bets each year, and Derby day boasts the largest crowd attendance of any of the carnival’s race days. With so many spectators and punters, the betting markets on the Derby are always competitive and lucrative. The Victoria Derby also features in a number of popular betting doubles, including the Victoria Derby / Cox Plate double; Red Anchor (1984) was the last horse to take out this double.
2017 Victoria DerbyResults
- 1st: #1 Ace High
- 2nd: #6 Sully
- 3rd: #3 Astoria
See below for the official 2017 Victoria Derby Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the gutsy two length win from the David Payne-trained favourite who traveled three deep throughout.
|1||1||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||–||3||55.5kg||$7F|
|2||6||SULLY (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||2L||14||55.5kg||$7.50|
|3||3||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Damian Lane||2.2L||1||55.5kg||$8|
|4||9||PISSARO||Robbie Laing||Noel Callow||2.7L||9||55.5kg||$51|
|5||5||MAIN STAGE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||2.8L||13||55.5kg||$12|
|6||8||ABERRO||Matt Laurie||Ben Melham||3.55L||12||55.5kg||$41|
|7||16||WOLFE TONE (NZ)||Francis Finnegan||Jye McNeil||3.75L||16||55.5kg||$201|
|8||7||WEATHER WITH YOU||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Mark Zahra||3.95L||2||55.5kg||$7.50|
|9||4||ESHTIRAAK||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||4.45L||5||55.5kg||$12|
|10||11||OCEAN’S FOURTEEN (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Luke Nolen||4.55L||6||55.5kg||$12|
|11||2||TANGLED||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||5.3L||10||55.5kg||$8|
|12||15||ROCKARRAL||Tony McEvoy||John Allen||5.5L||7||55.5kg||$61|
|13||12||GREYCLIFFE (NZ)||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||5.7L||8||55.5kg||$11|
|14||14||NOTHING TOO HARD||Paul Perry||Beau Mertens (a)||6.45L||11||55.5kg||$101|
|15||10||JUSTICE FAITH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||7.95L||15||55.5kg||$61|
|16||13||JOHNNY VINKO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Stephen Baster||8.15L||4||55.5kg||$41|
|–||17e||BEACHWOOD (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||–||0||–||–|
2017 Victoria Derby Tips
Check out all the information on which horses to back and sack in this year’s classic on our Victoria Derby tips page, a guide to using the Derby form and history to uncover the season’s Victoria Derby winner.
- 1st: #3 Astoria
- 2nd: #2 Tangled
- 3rd: #11 Ocean’s Fourteen
Follow the link to read our full 2017 Victoria Derby Betting Tips & Preview, the team tipping James Cummings to train back-to-back winners with market mover ASTORIA ($9.50) remaining a nice price. Is improving each run and had excuses in both the Spring Champion (wide) for fifth behind Saturday’s favourite and the Geelong Classic (track / weight) when close third. Rails run further boosts his winning chances here. TANGLED ($6.50) for Chris Waller was runner up in the Spring Champion and Ladbrokes Classic, can frank that lead-up form with another run in the money. OCEAN’S FOURTEEN ($13) untapped and lightly-raced, bred to run the Derby distance being a son of Ocean Park and was an eye-catcher when second in the Geelong Classic.
2017 Victoria Derby Odds
If you want to pick the value in this season’s Victoria Derby odds that will pay off the best, then check out our Victoria Derby odds page.
All-in Victoria Derby betting odds are out months in advance of the race at all-in prices.
See below for the latest Victoria Derby odds along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Victoria Derby Field
The Victoria Derby field attracts a line-up of the best three-year-old stayers of the season. The VRC Derby field rarely features fillies taking on the colts and geldings, the girls saved for the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) the following Thursday.
Good lead-up races into the Victoria Derby field include the previous weekend’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day and the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) held in late October.
The 2017 Victoria Derby field is released on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.
The Victoria Derby 2017 Final Field & Barriers are now out with a capacity line-up featuring the likes of Geelong Classic winner Weather With You and Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High drawn well in barriers two and three respectively. Trainer Chris Waller chases his second win saddling-up Tangled from a wider gate 11 draw, while early VRC Derby favourite Main Stage has a wide barrier 14 draw to overcome.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||5564×15511||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||3||55.5kg||100|
|2||51100×9422||TANGLED||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||11||55.5kg||90|
|3||120×31553||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Damian Lane||1||55.5kg||77|
|4||1617×42565||ESHTIRAAK||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||5||55.5kg||70|
|5||3×21213||MAIN STAGE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||14||55.5kg||75|
|6||23×1143||SULLY (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||15||55.5kg||77|
|7||422×2471||WEATHER WITH YOU||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Mark Zahra||2||55.5kg||72|
|8||226×14554||ABERRO||Matt Laurie||Ben Melham||13||55.5kg||63|
|9||505×75164||PISSARO||Robbie Laing||Noel Callow||10||55.5kg||62|
|10||8325716||JUSTICE FAITH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||16||55.5kg||61|
|11||312||OCEAN’S FOURTEEN (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Luke Nolen||7||55.5kg||67|
|12||0x121||GREYCLIFFE (NZ)||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||9||55.5kg||67|
|13||2230||JOHNNY VINKO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Stephen Baster||4||55.5kg||63|
|14||004×547327||NOTHING TOO HARD||Paul Perry||Beau Mertens (a)||12||55.5kg||57|
|15||3210||ROCKARRAL||Tony McEvoy||John Allen||8||55.5kg||62|
|16||326||WOLFE TONE (NZ)||Francis Finnegan||Jye McNeil||17||55.5kg||60|
|17e||5×7822||BEACHWOOD (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||TBA||6||55.5kg||56|
Victoria Derby Prize Money
- 1st – $900,000
- 2nd – $270,000
- 3rd – $135,000
- 4th – $67,500
- 5th – $37,500
- 6th – $30,000
- 7th – $30,000
- 8th – $30,000
The Victoria Derby also carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $10,000 for qualified horses.
Victoria Derby Form Guide
If you don’t know the first thing about using a form guide, then don’t worry – our Victory Derby form guide page is here to help. We tell you about what the many common details included in a form guide mean, and how you can use a Victoria Derby form guide to place more informed victoria derby bets.
Previous Victoria Derby Results
As the Victoria Derby is restricted to three year olds, previous Victoria Derby results aren’t tremendously useful for your betting. However, just in case you need to settle an argument about a previous running of the race, we have a Victoria Derby winners page and Victoria Derby results page to help you out.
Victoria Derby Betting
Victoria Derby betting is the perfect way to warm up for the Melbourne Cup, which is held just a few days later. For improved results, read our section on Victoria Derby betting including information on placing many exotic bet types like a Victoria Derby trifecta, Victoria Derby quinella, Victoria Derby exacta, or Victoria Derby First Four bet.