Victoria Derby

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

Victoria Derby News

Ace High Is the 2017 Victoria Derby Winner: Favourite Salutes

Ace High Is the 2017 Victoria Derby Winner: Favourite Salutes

The favourite in Victoria Derby 2017 betting saluted for the punters on Day 1 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival with a tough and in the end very impressive victory by the David Payne-trained Ace High. There were a handful of genuine three-year-old staying types battling it out for top spot in a wide open market…

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
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 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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
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.

Read a full rundown on the 2017 Victoria Derby Horses in the Final Field.

# 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.