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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 $2 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.
2019 Victoria Derby Day will take place on Saturday November 2, 2019 at Flemington Racecourse, and the official VRC Derby Day 2019 schedule and race program will be published below once released by Racing Victoria.
2019 Victoria Derby Day Schedule
|Race No.||Time (AEDT)||Status||Prizemoney||Race Name||Distance||Conditions|
|1||11:45am||Group 2||$300,000||TAB Stakes (Salinger Stakes)||1200m||HCP|
|2||12:20pm||Group 2||$300,000||G.H. Mumm Wakeful Stakes||2000m||3YOF SW+P|
|3||1:00pm||Group 3||$500,000||Carbine Club Stakes||1600m||3YO SW+P|
|4||1:40pm||Group 3||$300,000||Lexus Hotham Stakes||2500m||QLTY HCP|
|5||2:20pm||Group 1||$1,000,000||Empire Rose Stakes||1600m||WFA – F&M|
|6||3:00pm||Group 1||$1,500,000||Coolmore Stud Stakes||1200m||3YO – SW|
|7||3:45pm||Group 1||$2,000,000||AAMI Victoria Derby||2500m||3YO SW|
|8||4:35pm||Group 1||$2,000,000||Kennedy Cantala Stakes||1600m||QLTY HCP|
|9||5:15pm||Group 3||$200,000||Furphy Sprint (Begonia Belle Stakes)||1100m||4YO&UP – MARES – SW+P|
2019 Victoria Derby Day Races
- Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m)
- Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m)
- Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)
- Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m)
- Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m)
- Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m)
- Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m)
- Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
- Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m)
*All times quoted are local (AEDT) and subject to change