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2017 Victoria Derby Results
- 1st: #1 Ace High
- 2nd: #6 Sully
- 3rd: #3 Astoria
As the first of the major Group 1 races held during the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival the Victoria Derby tips are some of the most sought after of the spring.
Each season the Group 1 $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m) attracts a field of the best current three-year-old stayers and the race runs at Flemington Racecourse on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November.
As soon as the Victoria Derby field is released on the Tuesday before race day, punters are chasing the Victoria Derby tips.
2017 Victoria Derby Tips
The 2017 Victoria Derby tips will be published right here as soon as the final field and betting markets from Ladbrokes.com.au are released the week of the race.
1st: #3 ASTORIA
James Cummings won the 2016 VRC Derby with Prized Icon and saddles-up a livewire chance this year with the improving Astoria. Was wide two back in Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) finishing a luckless fifth behind now Derby favourite Ace High. Then had track bias and big weight in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) running third. He represents great value to improve and get to the line first from the inside alley on Saturday.
2nd: #2 TANGLED
Tangled runs for Chris Waller who saddled-up Preferment (2014) to win this race. Second in the Spring Champion Stakes and then second again in Caulfield’s Ladbrokes Classic last time out. That form has held-up in the Victoria Derby plenty in recent years. Think there’s too much form and consistency to ignore this colt on Saturday in the Grand Final.
3rd: #11 OCEAN’S FOURTEEN
Value on this Aaron Purcell-trained son of Ocean Park who is a well-bred in New Zealand and has the pedigree to win the VRC Derby in Melbourne. Narrowly beaten by NZ-trained Weather With You in the Geelong Classic last start in his black-type debut. Has all the upside heading into the rematch, will relish the 2500m and presents as a big hope at a double-figure quote.
Victoria Derby Favourite
Many Victoria Derby tips favour the shortest-priced three-year-old in the Victoria Derby betting markets, but backing the Victoria Derby favourite historically hasn’t been the best for punters.
From 2006 – 2017 just three of the 12 Victoria Derby winners jumped favourite in the markets: Efficient (2006), Tarzino (2015) and Ace High (2017). In total from 1983 – 2017 just eight Victoria Derby favourites were successful.
A better Victoria Derby betting tip then is to lay the favourite and back a longer-priced runner int he Victoria Derby odds.
Plenty of double-figure outsiders have been successful in the race including: Prized Icon ($17 in 2016), Fiveandahalfstar ($41 in 2012), Sangster ($13 in 2011), Lion Tamer ($13 in 2010) and even triple-figure roughie Rebel Raider ($101 in 2007) so don’t be afraid to include a longer-priced three-year-old in your 2017 Victoria Derby Tips.
Victoria Derby Lead Up Races
When it comes to Victoria Derby tips one of the key things to consider is the lead-up races and runs of the youngsters in the field.
Checking out the full Victoria Derby form guide provided at an online bookmaker like Ladbrokes.com.au or right here at Races.com.au is a top Victoria Derby tip as it can uncover real value in the markets.
Traditionally the key Victoria Derby lead-up race is the the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) run the Saturday before on Cox Plate Day. The last Victoria Derby winner to come off a run in the MV Vase was Prized Icon (5th in 2016), while the last to complete the double was Efficient (2008).
The other standout Victoria Derby lead-up race is the Norman Robinson Stakes – now known as the Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic (2000m) and run on Caulfield Cup Day a fortnight before VRC Derby Day. Polanski (2013) was the last horse to complete the Caulfield Classic – Victoria Derby double.