Victoria Derby

The Victoria Derby is the first feature race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse and is run on Derby Day.

2019 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #4 Warning
  • 2nd: #10 Southern Moon
  • 3rd: #2 Soul Patch



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 $2 million and takes place in late October or early November.

The 2019 Victoria Derby ran on Saturday November 2, 2019 at Flemington and was won by the Anthony Freedman-trained Warning. 

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 Cantala (1600m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds and the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) for the fillies and mares.

Victoria Derby 2019
Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2 million

Punters can study the form of the horses in the traditional prep race to the Derby, the Group 2 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.

2019 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #4 Warning
  • 2nd: #10 Southern Moon
  • 3rd: #2 Soul Patch

The Victoria Derby 2019 Results were dominated by the Anthony Freedman-trained Warning who charged home for a dominant 3.25 length win handing jockey Damien Oliver his sixth win in Australia’s oldest classic.

Read more on the impressive 2019 Victoria Derby win by Warning.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 WARNING Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 10 55.5kg $9.50
2 10 SOUTHERN MOON Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 3.25L 7 55.5kg $21
3 2 SOUL PATCH Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 4.25L 2 55.5kg $3.60
4 11 RELUCENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9L 4 55.5kg $21
5 1 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 10L 9 55.5kg $3F
6 7 INDEPENDENT ROAD David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 12.5L 6 55.5kg $31
7 8 LONG JACK Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 14.25L 15 55.5kg $21
8 9 CRAFTMANSHIP (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jamie Kah 16.25L 11 55.5kg $91
9 6 HUNTLY CASTLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 19.25L 12 55.5kg $51
10 3 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 19.45L 1 55.5kg $4.80
11 15 SIGN SEAL DELIVER Matt Cumani John Allen 21.95L 13 55.5kg $151
12 13 TRANSLATOR Nigel Blackiston Jordan Childs 22.95L 3 55.5kg $101
13 12 HE IS Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 23.15L 14 55.5kg $151
14 16 LUCKY EDWARD Tony Vasil Jack Hill 35.15L 5 55.5kg $301
15 14 NAVARRE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 47.15L 8 55.5kg $201
5 SERIOUS LIAISON Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 0

2019 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.

  • To Win: #1 Shadow Hero ($3.20) 

Favourite ticks all the boxes so no reason to lay. Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes victory last time out and was dominant. That looks even better after the runner-up Castelvecchio finished second to Japan’s star Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate last Saturday. Distance non-issue, barrier 10 gives options in the run, lots to like.

  • Danger: #3 Thought Of That ($3.40) 
  • Each Way: #2 Soul Patch ($4.80) 
  • Best Roughie: #8 Long Jack ($19) 

2019 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 2019 odds along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2019 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 2019 Victoria Derby field is released on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

Sixteen young stayers make-up the 2019 VRC Derby field including the dominant Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Shadow Hero who is favourite to salute at the top level again from barrier 10.

Read more on the Victoria Derby 2019 Field & Barriers.

Update: #5 Serious Liaison (7) has been scratched from the VRC Derby field due to injury and will now head to the paddock before an autumn return.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 214×311 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 10 55.5kg 107
2 1×2181 SOUL PATCH Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 2 55.5kg 90
3 653×2511 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 1 55.5kg 81
4 74×3412 WARNING Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 11 55.5kg 77
5 51413 SERIOUS LIAISON Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 7 55.5kg 72
6 6711×735 HUNTLY CASTLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 13 55.5kg 69
7 21×9824 INDEPENDENT ROAD David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 6 55.5kg 70
8 22×1661 LONG JACK Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 16 55.5kg 75
9 8×1515 CRAFTMANSHIP (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jamie Kah 12 55.5kg
10 0x3212 SOUTHERN MOON Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 8 55.5kg 68
11 432323 RELUCENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4 55.5kg 63
12 48×1557 HE IS Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 15 55.5kg 61
13 77×4824 TRANSLATOR Nigel Blackiston Jordan Childs 3 55.5kg 60
14 256×74528 NAVARRE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 9 55.5kg 55
15 235 SIGN SEAL DELIVER Matt Cumani John Allen 14 55.5kg 60
16 6840 LUCKY EDWARD Tony Vasil Jack Hill 5 55.5kg 58

2019 Victoria Derby Nominations

The 2019 Victoria Derby Nominations attracted 85 three-year-old stayers including the Dulcify Quality winner Just Thinkin’ and well-backed third placegetter in the same race, Shadow Hero, who leads all-in Derby betting at Ladbrokes.com.au. The VRC Derby odds on the nominated hopefuls will undergo a change following the Gloaming Stakes results in Sydney on Golden Rose Stakes Day.

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.

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