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 2016 Victoria Derby will take place on Saturday October 29th.

2016 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: Prized Icon
  • 2nd: Sacred Elixir
  • 3rd: Inference

Victoria Derby News

2017 Victoria Derby an Option for Sheer Madness

2017 Victoria Derby an Option for Sheer Madness

John Salanitri believes that he has unearthed a potential 2017 Victoria Derby horse in Sheer Madness, who held on to post an impressive win in the VRC Member Raymond Ali BM70 (1400m) at Flemington over the weekend. Sheer Madness was sent off an $8.50 shot in the talent-rich race for three-year-olds after drifting from opening…

The Victoria Derby 2016 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 2016 Victoria Derby will run on Saturday October 29th 2016 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 2016
Date: Saturday October 29th 2016
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.

2016 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

2016 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

2016 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 2016 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.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Weight Hcp. Rating
1 16x161x181 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) Tony Pike Zac Purton 1 55.5kg 99
2 3211×46335 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5 55.5kg 95
3 1×162 SWEAR Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 10 55.5kg 90
4 6×512222 ROCKETEER Mick Price Mark Zahra 19 55.5kg 74
5 x7431x2232 MORVADA Peter Jolly Steven Arnold 12 55.5kg 78
6 21×1143 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 20 55.5kg 72
7 7415×9601 CAPTAIN DUFFY Phillip Stokes TBA 2 55.5kg 72
8 1127 SILVERA Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 13 55.5kg 73
9 73×37515 WINE BUSH Chris Waller Joao Moreira 17 55.5kg 72
10 26×1653 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Hugh Bowman 11 55.5kg 75
11 2x21x6258 KENT John O’Shea James McDonald 4 55.5kg 68
12 1139 HIGHLAD Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 15 55.5kg 73
13 26×6194 BEACH LIFE Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 8 55.5kg 65
14 51546564 TUMULTUOUS Chris Waller Ben Melham 18 55.5kg 65
15 8×535332 HOLLYWOOD MO Paul Perry Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg 67
16 7103×985 ALL OUT OF LOVE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 9 55.5kg 63
17e 1×5441 PETER JOHN (NZ) John Sargent Michael Walker 3 55.5kg 65
18e 32321 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young TBA 14 55.5kg 61
19e 09541 SHINE TAK STAR John Sargent TBA 16 55.5kg 61
20e 06×5316 ZOFFMAN Aaron Purcell TBA 7 55.5kg 61

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.

2016 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

2016 Victoria Derby Nominations

The 2016 VRC Derby nominations were taken by Racing Victoria on September 20 and feature 106 three-year-old stayers.

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.