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Victoria Derby Day is the first of four meetings run at Flemington Racecourse during the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival.
VRC Derby Day runs on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day, held on the first Tuesday of November, and features all-Group racing.
All nine Victoria Derby Day races hold Group status making it the only meeting in Australia where every event is a Group race and is dubbed a day for racing purists.
Three Group 1 races headline the Victoria Derby Day program with the meeting’s marquee race being the time-honoured Group 1 $2 million Victoria Derby (2500m) for three-year-olds.
Outside of the Group 1 VRC Derby Day races a key event is the Group 3 Lexus Archer Stakes (2500m) offering the winner a ballot exemption into the official Melbourne Cup Field.
The official Victoria Derby Day flower is the cornflower.
2023 Victoria Derby Day will take place on Saturday November 4, 2023 at Flemington Racecourse, and the official VRC Derby Day 2023 schedule and race program will be published below once released by Racing Victoria.
2023 Victoria Derby Day Races
- Group 1 $2 million Victoria Derby (2500m)
- Group 1 $2 million Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)
- Group 1 $1 million Empire Rose Stakes (1600m)
- Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m)
- Group 2 $300,000 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) – formerly the Salinger Stakes
- Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Archer Stakes (2500m)
- Group 3 $200,000 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m) – run as the Furphy Sprint
- Group 3 $500,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
- Group 2 $200,000 Rising Fast Stakes (1200m) – formerly the Chatham Stakes over 1400m
2023 Victoria Derby Day Schedule
The confirmed VRC Derby Day scheduled, race start times and scratchings will be updated here once announced by Racing Victoria.
All times quoted are local (AEDT) and subject to change.