The Victoria Derby is one of the most popular races of the year and Victoria Derby betting is big business!
The 2,500-metre Group 1 event is held at Flemington Racecourse – home of the Melbourne Cup three days later on the first Tuesday of November – and is open to three-year-old horses. As one of the opening events of the four-day Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival, it should come as no surprise to learn that Victoria Derby betting is extremely popular and is available months in advance of race day.
The Victoria Derby was first run in 1855, and over the decades has seen the very best horses, jockeys, and trainers win the crown. Champion thoroughbred Phar Lap won the event in 1929, while Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Damien Oliver has won the Victoria Derby on Amalfi, Elvstroem and saluted in the race’s 2014 aboard Preferment. Read on to find out all about Victoria Derby betting and how you can win big during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
2016 Victoria Derby Betting Tips
Read our full 2016 Victoria Derby Betting Tips & Preview now for more on how to back this year’s Victoria Derby trifecta!
2016 Victoria Derby Trifecta Tip
#1 Sacred Elixir from #4 Rocketeer and #7 Captain Duffy
The favourite Sacred Elixir (Bet on Sacred Elixir to Win now) is firming fast in Victoria Derby betting, but looks the one to beat. He is drawn the rails and comes off the Moonee Valley Vase win – both strong Victoria Derby form indicators to follow. Rocketeer (Bet on Rocketeer Each Way now) is saddled-up by last year’s winning trainer Mick Price and the caught the eye with a Ladbrokes Stakes second last start. Captain Duffy (Bet on Captain Duffy to Place now) is the value, the Geelong Classic winner jumping one outside the favourite with last year’s winning hoop Craig Newitt aboard.
Our Victoria Derby Tips page also has all the historical betting facts and stats on previous Victoria Derby winners and the best way to bet on the three-years-old classic each Spring Carnival.
2016 Victoria Derby Betting Markets
See below for the latest Victoria Derby 2016 betting odds open now on the 2016 Victoria Derby Field.
Victoria Derby Trifecta
Betting on a Victoria Derby trifecta may not be the easiest wager to pull off, but the lucrative payout odds should be more than enough to entice discerning punters. A trifecta is a Victoria Derby betting option that requires you to pick the first three horses over the line in order. Doubtless, this is a difficult task, but there are several Victoria Derby trifecta variations that can be used, such as a three-horse box trifecta, which allows any combination of your three chosen horses as long as they all finish in the top three.
An example of a winning Victoria Derby trifecta would be the results from the 2015 event:
1st – Tarzino
2nd – Etymology
3rd – Kia Ora Koutou
While it is tough to pick the three winning horses in order,watching the best three-year-old stayers in lead-up races like the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase is a top Victoria Derby betting tip to help with your punting.
Victoria Derby Quinella
Another popular Victoria Derby betting method that offers big cash payouts is the quinella. Producing a Victoria Derby quinella is easy to understand and quite simple to pull off if you know your horses. Quinellas are bets that are made by picking the two horses that will finish the race ahead of the rest of the pack. It doesn’t matter which horse finishes first and which second, as long as both selections cross the line in the top two.
Thanks to its popularity, you will be able to make a quinella wager at any top online bookmaker, such as Ladbrokes.com.au. The winning Victoria Derby quinella bet from 2015 was Tarzino from Etymology. However, had their finishing positions been reversed, the wager would have remained valid as their relative positions do not affect the bet as long as they are first and second.
Victoria Derby Exacta
While some Victory Derby betting fans would prefer the higher chance of a correct pick on a quinella, those looking for something more challenging – and consequently much more lucrative – will enjoy a Victoria Derby exacta. This betting type is similar to a quinella, in that it requires the bettor to pick two horses, but in an exacta the punter must also choose the correct finishing positions.
1st – Tarzino
2nd – Etymology
As you can see from the winning 2015 Victoria Derby exacta, first and second place must be selected correctly in order to earn a payout. While a quinella would have allowed either Tarzino or Etymology to finish in first place, an exacta needs the finishing positions to be correct in order to collect the much more sizeable payout.
Victoria Derby First Four
For one of the toughest – and therefore most sought after – wagers in horse racing, you need look no further than a first four. Victoria Derby betting is an increasingly popular attraction, especially at online bookmakers like Ladbrokes.com.au, and exotics continue to play their part in big events.
A Victoria Derby First Four is a lucrative bet that requires the punter to correctly name and order the first four horses past the post. It is basically an extended trifecta, and includes numerous variations that allow bettors to change their betting style. Whether you are interested in a box first four that allows different finishing combinations, or a standard Victoria Derby first four with the best payout odds, you will be able to take advantage of them at an online bookmaker.