Victoria Derby Betting

2023 Victoria Derby Results

  • 1st: #4 Riff Rocket ($2.20F)
  • 2nd: #1 Apulia
  • 3rd: #5 Sunsets

The Victoria Derby 2023 Results will be announced here naming which horse is the Victoria Derby 2023 winner and the full 2023 VRC Derby finishing order when the event takes place on Saturday November 4, 2023.

Chris Waller’s progressive young stayer Riff Rocket ($2.20F) was brave off a gun ride by jockey James McDonald holding off a late challenge by the flying Apulia to salute for the favourite backers in the Victoria Derby 2023 results.

Click here for more on the narrow win by the favourite Riff Rocket in the 2023 VRC Derby results.

2023 Victoria Derby Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 RIFF ROCKET Chris Waller James McDonald 5 57kg $2.20F
2 1 APULIA Ben, Will & JD Hayes Mark Zahra 0.1L 3 57kg $4.20
3 5 SUNSETS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 1.1L 16 57kg $13
4 9 KOSGEI Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 3.35L 12 57kg $51
5 2 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jye McNeil 7.85L 4 57kg $12
6 13 MERCANTE Nigel Blackiston Damien Oliver 8.05L 11 57kg $41
7 8 GATES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 8.8L 14 57kg $11
8 15 WARIALDA WARRIOR John Ramsey Darryl McLellan 9.1L 9 57kg $101
9 6 MAKE A CALL Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 10.1L 15 57kg $81
10 10 BULAWAYO Pat Carey & Harris Walker Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 12.85L 7 57kg $81
11 12 ROGUERY Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans Billy Egan 13.15L 1 57kg $41
12 7 GOLD BULLION (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Opie Bosson 14.4L 13 57kg $20
13 3 AIR ASSAULT Andrew Gluyas Ben Allen 16.15L 6 57kg $17
14 14 TO BE FRANK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Spencer 19.65L 10 57kg $91
15 11 SACRED EAGLE Symon Wilde Jordan Childs 20.05L 2 57kg $101
16 16 TOKYO RUN (NZ) Dean Mirfin Declan Bates 20.25L 8 57kg $201

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Victoria Derby Betting Markets

See below for the latest Victoria Derby 2023 betting odds complete with market links to


The Victoria Derby is one of the most popular races of the year and Victoria Derby betting is big business!

The 2,500-metre Group 1 event is held at Flemington Racecourse – home of the Melbourne Cup three days later on the first Tuesday of November – and is open to three-year-old horses. As one of the opening events of the four-day Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival, it should come as no surprise to learn that Victoria Derby betting is extremely popular and is available months in advance of race day.

The Victoria Derby was first run in 1855, and over the decades has seen the very best horses, jockeys, and trainers win the crown. Champion thoroughbred Phar Lap won the event in 1929, while Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Damien Oliver has won the Victoria Derby on Amalfi, Elvstroem and saluted in the race’s 2014 aboard Preferment. Read on to find out all about Victoria Derby betting and how you can win big during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Victoria Derby Betting Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Victoria Derby 2023 betting tips to be detailed below the week of the race.


To Win: #1 Apulia ($3.90 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Happy to stick with the Vase winner who was so good at The Valley winning over the 2040m by two lengths. The Team Hayes-trained colt is well-bred being a son of a former Melbourne Cup winner (Fiorente) so think the step-up in distance to 2500m is a non-issue. Draws a treat in barrier three for the grand final and Mark Zahra, gearing up for his Melbourne Cup ride aboard Without A Fight on Tuesday, continues associations. Right form, right hoop, good draw, bred to win.

The Danger: #4 Riff Rocket ($2.45 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Excitement machine Riff Rocket is on show again and is looking to get back in favour with the punters after getting rolled by Sunsets as the beaten odds-on pick in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic last start. Prior to that he bolted home with a 5.5 length demolition job in the Listed Super Impose (1800m) here at headquarters where he will appreciate returning to. Needs to get the distance but looks like he is worth forgiving with a gun gate here (5) and J Mac out to produce some magic on a very promising young star in the making.

Best Roughie: #3 Air Assault ($14 at time of publish) – BET NOW

We have a wide-open market outside the dominant two top picks in this year’s Derby with a host of double-figure fancies out for an upset. Sticking with one of the safer roughies and not a rogue outsider though in Air Assault who is has been racing very consistently. The Andrew Gluyas-trained South Australian gets the run of the race from gate six with Ben Allen in the saddle. In easier grade at home he won Morphettville’s Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) by over three lengths two back. Third at his latest in the Vase, well beaten by Apulia but still in touch. Can surprise a few here.

Our Victoria Derby Tips page also has all the historical betting facts and stats on previous Victoria Derby winners and the best way to bet on the three-years-old classic each Spring Carnival.

Victoria Derby Trifecta

Betting on a Victoria Derby trifecta may not be the easiest wager to pull off, but the lucrative pay-out odds should be more than enough to entice discerning punters. A trifecta is a Victoria Derby betting option that requires you to pick the first three horses over the line in order. Doubtless, this is a difficult task, but there are several Victoria Derby trifecta variations that can be used, such as a three-horse box trifecta, which allows any combination of your three chosen horses as long as they all finish in the top three.

While it is tough to pick the three winning horses in order, watching the best three-year-old stayers in lead-up races like the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase is a top Victoria Derby betting tip to help with your punting.

Victoria Derby Quinella

Another popular Victoria Derby betting method that offers big cash pay-outs is the quinella. Producing a Victoria Derby quinella is easy to understand and quite simple to pull off if you know your horses. Quinellas are bets that are made by picking the two horses that will finish the race ahead of the rest of the pack. It doesn’t matter which horse finishes first and which second, as long as both selections cross the line in the top two.

Thanks to its popularity, you will be able to make a quinella wager at any top online bookmaker, such as Relative positions do not affect the bet as long as they are first and second.

Victoria Derby Exacta

While some Victory Derby betting fans would prefer the higher chance of a correct pick on a quinella, those looking for something more challenging – and consequently much more lucrative – will enjoy a Victoria Derby exacta. This betting type is similar to a quinella, in that it requires the bettor to pick two horses, but in an exacta the punter must also choose the correct finishing positions.

Victoria Derby First Four

For one of the toughest – and therefore most sought after – wagers in horse racing, you need look no further than a first four. Victoria Derby betting is an increasingly popular attraction, especially at online bookmakers like, and exotics continue to play their part in big events.

A Victoria Derby First Four is a lucrative bet that requires the punter to correctly name and order the first four horses past the post. It is basically an extended trifecta, and includes numerous variations that allow bettors to change their betting style. Whether you are interested in a box first four that allows different finishing combinations, or a standard Victoria Derby first four with the best pay-out odds, you will be able to take advantage of them at an online bookmaker.

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