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Victoria Derby Day is the first of four meetings run at Flemington Racecourse during the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival.
VRC Derby Day runs on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day, held on the first Tuesday of November, and features all-Group racing.
All nine Victoria Derby Day races hold Group status making it the only meeting in Australia where every event is a Group race and is dubbed a day for racing purists.
Four Group 1 races headline the Victoria Derby Day program with the meeting’s marquee race being the time-honoured Group 1 $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m) for three-year-olds.
Outside of the Group 1 VRC Derby Day races a key event is the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) offering the winner a ballot exemption into the official Melbourne Cup Field.
The official Victoria Derby Day flower is the cornflower.
2018 Victoria Derby Day will take place on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Flemington Racecourse, and the official VRC Derby Day 2018 schedule and race program will be published below once released by Racing Victoria.
2018 Victoria Derby Day Schedule
|Race No.||Time (AEDT)||Status||Prizemoney||Race Name||Distance||Conditions|
|1||11:45am||Group 3||$200,000||The Carbine Club Stakes||1600m||3YO SW+P|
|2||12:20pm||Group 2||$300,000||G.H. Mumm Wakeful Stakes||2000m||3YOF SW+P|
|3||1:00pm||Group 3||$200,000||Skip Sprint||1100m||4YO+UP M SW+P|
|4||1:40pm||Group 3||$300,000||Lexus Stakes||2500m||QLTY HCP|
|5||2:25pm||Group 1||$1,000,000||Coolmore Stud Stakes||1200m||3YO SW|
|6||3:05pm||Group 1||$500,000||Empire Rose Stakes||1600m||F&M WFA|
|7||3:50pm||Group 1||$1,500,000||AAMI Victoria Derby||2500m||3YO SW|
|8||4:35pm||Group 1||$1,000,000||Kennedy Mile||1600m||QLTY HCP|
|9||5:20pm||Group 2||$300,000||Salinger Stakes||1200m||HCP|
2018 Victoria Derby Day Races
- Group 1 $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m)
- Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Mile (1600m)
- Group 1 $1 million Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)
- Group 1 $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m)
- Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m)
- Group 2 $300,000 Salinger Stakes (1200m)
- Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Stakes (2500m)
- Group 3 $200,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
- Group 3 $200,000 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m)