Victoria Derby

The Victoria Derby is the first feature race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse and is run on Derby Day. The 2017 Victoria Derby will take place on Saturday November 4th.

2017 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Victoria Derby News

Royal Symphony Takes on Winx in Cox Plate 2017

Royal Symphony Takes on Winx in Cox Plate 2017

Trainer Tony McEvoy has confirmed plans to head into the 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate clash against super mare Winx with his beaten Caulfield Guineas favourite Royal Symphony. Chris Waller’s Hall of Famer Winx has won the past two editions of the Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in emphatic fashion…

The Victoria Derby 2017 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 will run on 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 $1 million Cantala Stakes (1600m), $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds and the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) for the fillies and mares.

Victoria Derby 2017
Date: Saturday November 4th 2017
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1.5 million

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 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.

2016 Victoria Derby Tips

  • 1st: #1 Sacred Elixir – (Bet on Sacred Elixir now): The favourites have only won twice in 10 years, but this Group 1 winner and last start Vase champion looks hard to beat from the inside alley. He hit the line well last weekend, the Vase form stacks up in recent Victoria Derby history and he looks to have the upside to complete the double.
  • 2nd: #4 Rocketeer – (Bet on Rocketeer now): Great value Victoria Derby Place bet from last year’s winning trainer Mick Price. Comes off a Ladbrokes Stakes second, the other key form line race to follow into the Derby. Should appreciate extra meters here and is out wide but a solid chance.
  • 3rd: #7 Captain Duffy (Bet on Captain Duffy now): Geelong Classic winner with a gun barrier two draw, forgotten in Victoria Derby betting but on the up-and-up with last year’s winning jockey Craig Newitt aboard for the ride.

Read out full 2016 Victoria Derby Tips & Odds Update before the race

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

2017 Victoria Derby Field

The Victoria Derby field usually features many runners from the AAMI Vase, often the best three-year-old stayers in Australia.

The 2017 Victoria Derby field was released by Racing Victoria on Wednesday October 26 and features a capacity field line-up of three-year-old stayers led by last weekend’s Moonee Valley Vase winner Sacred Elixir drawn barrier one.

See below for the full 2016 Victoria Derby Field & Barrier Draw and follow the link for a complete VRC Derby field preview.

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.

2017 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.

Victoria Derby First Acceptances

Racing Victoria (RV) took the Victoria Derby first acceptances on Tuesday October 18 leaving 37 hopeful three-year-olds including Ladbrokes Classic winner Good Standing and Spring Champion Stakes runner-up Swear.

View the full 2016 Victoria Derby First Acceptances

2017 Victoria Derby Nominations

The 2017 VRC Derby nominations were taken by Racing Victoria on September 20 and feature 106 three-year-old stayers.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 226×14 ABERRO C 3 Matt Laurie
2 65564×1551 ACE HIGH C 3 David Payne
3 0650342 ALLOYE C 3 Brian McGrath
4 16 AMERICAN SUNDAY C 3 Darren Weir
5 4413 AMEROCK C 3 Darren Weir
6 9×38 ANCIENT ECHOES C 3 Darren Weir
7 3×42131 ANIMALIA G 3 James Cummings
8 120×315 ASTORIA C 3 James Cummings
9 203×16 ATARAXIA C 3 James Cummings
10 68×11 ATHLETE G 3 Neville Parnham
11 8×73217 AUGUSTUS C 3 Chris Waller
12 14x24x147 AZAZEL C 3 Tony McEvoy
13 8×49 BASANITE C 3 Robbie Laing
14 5×78 BEACHWOOD (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
15 06 BIG DAY G 3 Jason Warren
16 59 BLACK HAT (NZ) C 3 Tony McEvoy
17 73×15 BUNKER BUSTER G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
18 90 CAERUS C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
19 7x5x CHINA GALE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
20 780 CHIPOTLE G 3 Lee Curtis
21 22 CIRCOMO C 3 Anthony Freedman
22 21×8181 CLIFF’S EDGE C 3 Darren Weir
23 167×64868 COLESBERG G 3 David Payne
24 9 DALAHOUSE C 3 Darren Weir
25 6322234×1 DANGER DEAL G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
26 61x DANTE ROSSETTI C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
27 033 DREAM ALLIANCE C 3 Henry Dwyer
28 049x876x5 DUNATUN G 3 Garry White
29 4 EARNEST CREDERE C 3 John Sadler
30 2x26x1x22 ECLAIR SUNSHINE G 3 Phillip Stokes
31 5×80 ELTIZAAM C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
32 3 ESCALATOR (NZ) G 3 Robert Smerdon
33 111617×425 ESHTIRAAK C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
34 8 FRANKIEDEE C 3 Alicia Macpherson
35 2 FREE FLY TOO C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
36 249×6417 GIVE C 3 John Moloney
37 4x601x GRAND CASINO C 3 John Sadler
38 0x1 GREYCLIFFE (NZ) C 3 Matt Cumani
39 254 HEAVENLY THOUGHT C 3 Darren Weir
40 10×1 HECTA C 3 Symon Wilde
41 1 HIGHOFFER G 3 Darren Weir
42 421 HOLY SNOW C 3 Mick Price
43 HOTEL AMOUR G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
44 451 HUANG YAOSHI C 3 Chris Waller
45 INSTINCTUAL G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
46 601x INTO RIO (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
47 22 JOHNNY VINKO (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
48 9x JUKILA (NZ) G 3 Michelle Payne
49 8325x JUSTICE FAITH C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
50 421 LANGLEY C 3 John O’Shea
51 1×1 LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis
52 177 LUVALUVA (NZ) F 3 John Sargent
53 3×21 MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
54 83 MANESTREAM G 3 Clinton McDonald
55 15×11 MASCULINO C 3 Mick Price
56 2×3 MIGHTY QUINN (NZ) C 3 Matt Cumani
57 62031 MISSION VISION G 3 Brent Stanley
58 11638×30 MURAAHIB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
59 117 MUTAMAYEL C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
60 33x NOTHIN’ LEICA HIGH C 3 Robbie Griffiths
61 8004×5473 NOTHING TOO HARD G 3 Paul Perry
62 3 OCEAN’S FOURTEEN (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher
63 1x OCTABELLO C 3 Mick Price
64 1×50 OUYANG FENG (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
65 316x30x10 PADRAIG (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
66 505×75 PISSARO C 3 Robbie Laing
67 6 PROPRIUS (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
68 1231x RANCHO MONTOYA C 3 Stuart Kendrick
69 1 RESERVE STREET C 3 Ciaron Maher
70 3 ROCKARRAL G 3 Tony McEvoy
71 0x5x ROSHERVILLE G 3 Lee Curtis
72 111×1 ROYAL SYMPHONY C 3 Tony McEvoy
73 12×2 SALSAMOR (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
74 4x43135x72 SAMBRO C 3 Chris Waller
75 31×322 SANCTIONED C 3 James Cummings
76 20x5x SAVAHEAT (NZ) C 3 Darren Weir
77 9016×85127 SHEER MADNESS G 3 John Salanitri
78 SHIRLEY’S EAGLE G 3 Tony McEvoy
79 601561 SILENT COMMAND C 3 Nick Smart
80 9x57x24 SPENCER G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings
81 3446x ST VADUZ C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
82 23×114 SULLY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
83 5x25x4332 SUNQUEST C 3 Steve Richards
84 45231 SURPRISE BULLET C 3 Barry Lockwood
85 4x51100x9 TANGLED C 3 Chris Waller
86 201 TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) G 3 Anthony Freedman
87 2x08x THE DELPHI (NZ) C 3 Michael Moroney
88 4 THE SLEDGEHAMMER G 3 John Sadler
89 1442×70 TOGA PICTA C 3 James Cummings
90 755 UNDERGROUND C 3 Brad Widdup
91 49×431 VALIANT SPIRIT G 3 Daniel Williams
92 3 VILLERMONT C 3 Ciaron Maher
93 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
94 VON MYSTIC G 3 Todd Smart
95 422×2 WEATHER WITH YOU G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
96 3 WOLFE TONE (NZ) C 3 Francis Finnegan
97 2 WOULDA THOUGHT SO G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
98 30×3722 YUE FEI C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

View the official 2016 Victoria Derby Nominations.

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.