Victoria Derby Form Guide

Run on the opening day of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse, the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) attracts a field of the season’s best three-year-old stayers and the best way to back the winner is to study the Victoria Derby form guide.

The Victoria Derby form guide can be found alongside the Victoria Derby odds at an online bookmaker like and provide punters with all the need-to-know betting info like the lead-up form of the runners in the Victoria Derby field and their strike rate over the track / distance.

What’s in a Victoria Derby Form Guide

A good, detailed Victoria Derby form guide will list all the crucial facts and stats on the runners in the field.

Basic Victoria Derby form information includes:

  • Saddlecloth numbers
  • Jockeys
  • Trainers
  • Barriers
  • Weight
  • Lead-up runs (Last 6 or Last 10)

Delving deeper into the Victoria Derby guide and form lines punters can find out key things on each runner to help with their Victoria Derby tips including:

  • Track / Distance form
  • Win / Place rates
  • Form on all track conditions
  • First-up / Second-up form
  • Winning distance range
  • Recent starting prices

Victoria Derby Form Guide: Facts & Key Stats

Looking back over recent Victoria Derby history reveals a number of key Victoria Derby form guide trends and facts to look out for when doing the form for this year’s edition of the classic.

Lead-Up Runs: From 2009 – 2015 all but one Victoria Derby winner finished in the top three in their lead-up run

Last-Start Winners: The last Victoria Derby champion to come off a win was Polanski (2013) who won the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield earlier in October

Best Form Race: From 2001 – 2015 eight of the 14 VRC Derby winners came off a run in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) with the last to complete the double being Efficient (2006)

Favourites: Victoria Derby betting favourites have a poor recent record with just one winner since 2006 – Tarzino (2015)

Trainers: Lee Freedman is the most successful VRC Derby trainer in the past 30 years with three winners

Jockeys: Damien Oliver (23: 5-3-3) and Hugh Bowman (6: 3-0-0) have ridden more Victoria Derby winners than any other jockeys in the past three decades

Barriers: Barrier 1 has produce the most VRC Derby winners in the past 30 years with five victories