Victoria Derby

The Victoria Derby is the first feature race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse and is run on Derby Day.

2021 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #9 Hitotsu
  • 2nd: #3 Alegron
  • 3rd: #16 Teewaters



The Victoria Derby is one of the best classic races held at Flemington Racecourse as part of the prestigious and highly anticipated Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

This 2500m staying race, run on a left-handed turf course, takes place on the first day of the first of the four Melbourne Cup Carnival meetings each year on the Saturday before the famous Melbourne Cup. A Group 1 event for three-year-olds at set weights, the race is worth over $2 million and takes place in late October or early November.

The 2021 Victoria Derby ran on Saturday October 30, 2021 at Flemington and saw the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained favourite Hitotsu ($4F) salute for the punters. 

Victoria Derby Day

The Victoria Derby is the highlight event on the famous Victoria Derby Day. VRC Derby Day is one of the most exciting and elite meetings of the entire carnival as every race on the card holds group status, including three other fantastic Group 1 races: the Kennedy Cantala (1600m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds and the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) for the fillies and mares.

Victoria Derby 2021
Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2 million

Punters can study the form of the horses in the traditional prep race to the Derby, the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day the weekend before. This lead-up event has been an excellent indication for the Victoria Derby in recent years, with many Derby winners coming via this middle distance race. Johnny Get Angry (3rd in 2020) was the last Vase graduate to win the Victoria Derby.

The Victoria Derby attracts a huge number of bets each year, and Derby day boasts the largest crowd attendance of any of the carnival’s race days. With so many spectators and punters, the betting markets on the Derby are always competitive and lucrative. The Victoria Derby also features in a number of popular betting doubles, including the Victoria Derby / Cox Plate double; Red Anchor (1984) was the last horse to take out this double.

2021 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #9 Hitotsu
  • 2nd: #3 Alegron
  • 3rd: #16 Teewaters

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained favourite Hitotsu ($4) was given a patient ride by John Allen to power home from the back of the field and dominate the 2021 Victoria Derby results for the punters.

Click here to read more on the big win by the heavily-backed favourite Hitotsu in the 2021 Victoria Derby Results.

The Victoria Derby 2021 Results will be announced here naming which horse is the Victoria Derby 2021 winner and the full 2021 VRC Derby finishing order when the event takes place on Saturday October 30, 2021.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 HITOTSU Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 57kg $4F
2 3 ALEGRON James Cummings Brett Prebble 1.75L 8 57kg $6
3 16 TEEWATERS Archie Alexander Declan Bates 3.75L 3 57kg $31
4 14 RAGING BULL David Payne Michael Dee 3.95L 14 57kg $101
5 1 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 8.2L 7 57kg $6
6 2 TUTUKAKA (NZ) Tony Pike James McDonald 9.45L 10 57kg $10
7 10 CERBERUS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 9.95L 16 57kg $51
8 6 CHARACTER James Cummings Fred Kersley 10.45L 9 57kg $31
9 12 CLYDE Gary Portelli Dean Yendall 10.85L 5 57kg $41
10 7 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Luke Currie 10.95L 4 57kg $17
11 8 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 11.35L 12 57kg $41
12 11 GUNDEC Symon Wilde Craig Williams 11.55L 2 57kg $81
13 4 GUNSTOCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 12.8L 15 57kg $4.60
14 13 EL ROCKO John McArdle Jamie Mott 32.8L 13 57kg $151
15 5 AKIHIRO Gary Portelli Ms Rachel King 33L 1 57kg $61
16 15 CHEERFUL MOMENT (NZ) Lindsey Smith Blaike McDougall 63L 11 57kg $151
19e KING OF PHARAOHS Lindsey Smith Will Gordon 0
20e SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 0
17e ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 0
18e SEBASTIAN THE FOX Shay Keating Jarrod Fry 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Victoria Derby Tips

Check out all the information on which horses to back and sack in this year’s classic on our Victoria Derby tips page, a guide to using the Derby form and history to uncover the season’s Victoria Derby winner.

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL 2021 VICTORIA DERBY TIPS & BEST BETS

  • To Win: #1 Forgot You ($3.60 at time of publish) 

The Vase form has been the one to follow into the Derby historically and this son of Savabeel was good late running down the tearaway 100/1 leader (stablemate Commander Harry) to win. Think with more distance he’ll be even more dominant and happy to stick with that form-line. He’s been set for this since the Stutt Stakes win, is drawn well and looking to win his way to a Melbourne Cup start here.

  • Danger: #2 Tutukaka ($9 at time of publish) 

The Geelong Classic win by this Tony Pike-trained Kiwi over 2200m was impressive and no doubts he’ll handle the trip. Looks to be improving each run, is a son of gun staying sire Tavistock and faces an acid test here. He stays, but has he the class? There’s big money rolling in for him as he’s backed in from double-figures so might be worth following that money trail.

  • Each Way: #3 Alegron ($9 at time of publish) 

What an open edition of the Derby! One of the other horses at single-figures is this Godolphin-raced Teofilo gelding coming off a totally different form line. He’s had two goes at HQ without a top three run, but that could change on Saturday with Brett Prebble riding so well and coming aboard. Latest run for third in Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) was eye-catching and that form line has been very good.

  • Best Roughie: #7 Jungle Magnate ($17 at time of publish) 

Stablemate Gunstock is second-elect and much better fancied, but going out on a limb and suggesting Jungle Magnate is the potential value in this year’s Derby. He flashed from the back to nab third in the Moonee Valley Vase last weekend and should relish the rise in distance. Has placed on a Soft track so could be one of the surprise finishers that best handles the going.

2021 Victoria Derby Odds

If you want to pick the value in this season’s Victoria Derby odds that will pay off the best, then check out our Victoria Derby odds page.

All-in Victoria Derby betting odds are out months in advance of the race at all-in prices.

See below for the latest Victoria Derby 2021 odds along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Victoria Derby Field

The Victoria Derby field attracts a line-up of the best three-year-old stayers of the season. The VRC Derby field rarely features fillies taking on the colts and geldings, the girls saved for the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) the following Thursday.

Good lead-up races into the Victoria Derby field include the previous weekend’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day and the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) held in late October.

The 2021 Victoria Derby field is released on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The official Victoria Derby 2021 final field features a capacity line-up of three-year-old stayers led in betting by Caulfield Classic winning Tavistock colt Gunstock and Forgot You on the quick back-up out of last Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase win.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2021 Victoria Derby field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 388×31161 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 8 57kg 92
2 2231×851 TUTUKAKA (NZ) Tony Pike James McDonald 12 57kg 80
3 5x025x1543 ALEGRON James Cummings Brett Prebble 9 57kg 80
4 4×131 GUNSTOCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 19 57kg 80
5 571×281254 AKIHIRO Gary Portelli Ms Rachel King 2 57kg 71
6 4×75324142 CHARACTER James Cummings Fred Kersley 10 57kg 68
7 1×823 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Luke Currie 5 57kg 75
8 2192 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 15 57kg 80
9 706×15 HITOTSU Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7 57kg 76
10 331 CERBERUS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 20 57kg 72
11 46×216 GUNDEC Symon Wilde Craig Williams 3 57kg 67
12 82×41401 CLYDE Gary Portelli Dean Yendall 6 57kg 66
13 2x738x6526 EL ROCKO John McArdle Jamie Mott 16 57kg 64
14 33×516 RAGING BULL David Payne 17 57kg 64
15 x5x3218230 CHEERFUL MOMENT (NZ) Lindsey Smith Blaike McDougall 14 57kg 64
16 02313 TEEWATERS Archie Alexander Declan Bates 4 57kg 70
17e 141 ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 13 57kg 68
18e 831834 SEBASTIAN THE FOX Shay Keating Jarrod Fry 1 57kg 63
19e 36124 KING OF PHARAOHS Lindsey Smith Will Gordon 18 57kg 63
20e 5×15 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 11 57kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Victoria Derby Nominations

The official VRC Derby Nominations for 2021 will be announced here once early entries are taken by the VRC in late September or early October.

The 2021 Victoria Derby nominations close on Tuesday October 5, 2021 and will be made available below.

The Victoria Derby 2021 nominations attracted 63 early entries including the Godolphin-raced Anamoe, Bill Stutt winner Forgot You and all-in favourite Gunstock.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Victoria Derby 2021 nominations and betting markets.

2021 Victoria Derby First Acceptances

First acceptances for the 2021 VRC Derby close at midday (local time) on Tuesday October 19, 2021.

Victoria Derby Form Guide

If you don’t know the first thing about using a form guide, then don’t worry – our Victory Derby form guide page is here to help. We tell you about what the many common details included in a form guide mean, and how you can use a Victoria Derby form guide to place more informed Victoria Derby bets.

Previous Victoria Derby Results

As the Victoria Derby is restricted to three year olds, previous Victoria Derby results aren’t tremendously useful for your betting. However, just in case you need to settle an argument about a previous running of the race, we have a Victoria Derby winners page and Victoria Derby results page to help you out.

Victoria Derby Betting

Victoria Derby betting is the perfect way to warm up for the Melbourne Cup, which is held just a few days later. For improved results, read our section on Victoria Derby betting including information on placing many exotic bet types like a Victoria Derby trifecta, Victoria Derby quinella, Victoria Derby exacta, or Victoria Derby First Four bet.

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