Victoria Derby

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

2020 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Johnny Get Angry
  • 2nd: #6 Hit The Shot
  • 3rd: #5 Young Werther



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 2020 Victoria Derby ran on Saturday October 31, 2020 at Flemington and was won in an upset by Johnny Get Angry ($21).

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 2020
Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
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.

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.

2020 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Johnny Get Angry
  • 2nd: #6 Hit The Shot
  • 3rd: #5 Young Werther

Click here to read about the narrow upset by 20/1 shot Johnny Get Angry in the 2020 VRC Derby Results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 5 57kg $21
2 6 HIT THE SHOT Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 1L 9 57kg $7
3 5 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 1.2L 4 57kg $3.40F
4 1 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 1.5L 14 57kg $3.60
5 4 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 2.25L 3 57kg $13
6 11 TOKEN SPIRITSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Damian Lane 2.55L 11 57kg $101
7 2 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 5.05L 8 57kg $11
8 7 CETSHWAYO Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 5.25L 10 57kg $12
9 13 WISAKA Michael Moroney Ben Melham 7L 2 57kg $61
10 10 TOUR OF DUTY Michael Moroney James McDonald 7.5L 13 57kg $31
11 8 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 8.5L 12 57kg $21
12 9 WERTHEIMER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 8.9L 6 57kg $41
13 14 KENZAN Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 10.9L 1 57kg $91
14 12 BORN TO SUCCEED Saab Hasan Michael Walker 11.65L 7 57kg $101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 
The Victoria Derby 2020 Results will be announced here naming which horse is the Victoria Derby 2020 winner and the full 2020 VRC Derby finishing order when the event takes place on Saturday October 31, 2020.

2020 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.

  • To Win: #1 Cherry Tortoni ($6 at time of publish) 
  • Danger: #4 Let’s Karaka Deel ($7 at time of publish) 
  • Each Way: #5 Young Werther ($3.10 at time of publish) 
  • Best Roughie: #3 Johnny Get Angry ($26 at time of publish) 

2020 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 2020 odds along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 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 2020 Victoria Derby field is released on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The Victoria Derby 2020 final field features 14 young stayers led in betting by Danny O’Brien’s untapped Young Werther (4) having just his third career start and last weekend’s Vase winner Cherry Tortoni (14) drawn the outside alley.

Click here to read more about the key horses in the 2020 VRC Derby field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111×3271 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 14 57kg
2 12×3831 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 8 57kg
3 032943 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 5 57kg
4 2102 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 3 57kg
5 12 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 57kg
6 1843 HIT THE SHOT Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 9 57kg
7 816 CETSHWAYO Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 10 57kg
8 314 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 12 57kg
9 6×1760 WERTHEIMER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 6 57kg
10 2×7625 TOUR OF DUTY Michael Moroney James McDonald 13 57kg
11 8174 TOKEN SPIRITSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Damian Lane 11 57kg
12 5×00501 BORN TO SUCCEED Saab Hasan Michael Walker 7 57kg
13 4525 WISAKA Michael Moroney Ben Melham 2 57kg
14 7427 KENZAN Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 1 57kg
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Victoria Derby Nominations

The official VRC Derby Nominations for 2020 will be announced here once early entries are taken by the VRC in September.

The 2020 Victoria Derby nominations closed on Tuesday September 22, 2020 attracting 89 youngsters including seven for Danny O’Brien led by Flying Award and Godolphin’s all-in favourite Alcyone.

Click here to view the full list of VRC Derby 2020 nominations.

2020 Victoria Derby First Acceptances

First acceptances for the 2020 VRC Derby close at midday (local time) on Tuesday October 20, 2020.

The 2020 Victoria Derby first acceptances feature 24 youngsters with all-in betting led by Young Werther.

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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