Looking for early information on this year’s Victoria Derby? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.
The time-honoured Victoria Derby is the blue chip race for three year old stayers during the spring and is held on Day 1 of Flemington’s iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The VRC Derby runs as part of Derby Day, which is known as a day for racing purists with all events on the card holding Group status. Derby Day is also when the punters show up in black and white attire and takes place on the Saturday prior to Melbourne Cup Day, which is held on the first Tuesday of November each year.
Contested over 2500m, the Victoria Derby is a set weights event run and won since 1855. A stallion-making race, it now offers $2 million in prize money and no filly has won since Frances Tressady (1923) with most opting to take on their own kind two days later in the Kennedy Oaks.
The Moonee Valley Vase is a key lead-up into the Victoria Derby with Efficient (2006) the last to do the double.
Victoria Derby 2020 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, October 31, 2020
- Race Starts: TBA
- Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Left-handed
- Race Distance: 2,500 metres
- Weight Conditions: Set weights (Colts & Gelding: 55.5 kg, Fillies: 53.5 kg)
- Qualification: Three year olds
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 1
- Operator: Victoria Racing Club
- Prize Purse: $2,000,000
- Inaugural Race: 1855
- 2020 Victoria Derby Winner: Johnny Get Angry
victoria derby 2020 RESULTS
The official 2020 Victoria Derby results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 31, 2020.
- #3 Johnny Get Angry
- #6 Hit The Shot
- #5 Young Werther
The Denis Pagan-trained Johnny Get Angry ($21) was too good for his rivals in an upset 2020 Victoria Derby result. Handing former AFL Premiership winning coach Pagan a Group 1 success inside of his first 12 months as a trainer, Johnny Get Angry improved off a lead-up third in the Moonee Valley Vase to defeat Hit The Shot ($7) by a length, while the lightly-raced favourite Young Werther ($3.40) ran a nice third.
|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 SPIRIT||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.
Victoria Derby Betting
There are many differents ways to bet on the Victoria Derby, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Victoria Derby|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Victoria Derby. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Victoria Derby, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.|
|Quinella Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Victoria Derby, in order to win the Quinella.|
|Exacta Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Victoria Derby to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Victoria Derby to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Victoria Derby to win the First 4.|
|Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)||You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Victoria Derby, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Victoria Derby
- Join up at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Victoria Derby Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Victoria Derby 2020 Field
The official Victoria Derby 2020 field of final acceptors is announced the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below.
The 2020 Victoria Derby final field features 14 young stayers including last weekend’s Moonee Valley Vase winner Cherry Tortoni drawn the outside barrier and the well-supported Danny O’Brien-trained favourite Young Werther (4) having just his third career start.
|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 SPIRIT||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|
Which Horse Will Win The Victoria Derby
The best way to pick who will win the Victoria Derby is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:
- Favourites – Between the years of 2006-2020, the favourite has only one the Victoria Derby twice.
- Odds – A host of recent Victoria Derby winners over the past decade have jumped at double-digit odds including Johnny Get Angry ($21 in 2020)
- Barrier – With a sharp turn before a back straight, establishing a good position early on can prove critical.
Victoria Derby 2020 Favourites
Early favourites in Victoria Derby betting for 2020 include last weekend’s Vase winner Cherry Tortoni who was undefeated during his two-year-old campaign and the untapped Young Werther for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien.
Ace High ($7 in 2017) was the last Victoria Derby favourite to win.
Victoria Derby 2020 Form Guide
The form guide will become the Saturday before the Victoria Derby. Once finalised, you will be able to read our 2020 Form Guide here.
Victoria Derby 2020 Tips
Favourite: #5 Young Werther ($3.10 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #1 Cherry Tortoni ($6 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #3 Johnny Get Angry ($26 at time of publish)
Our insider 2020 Victoria Derby betting tips and selections will be published here the week of the race and a full VRC Derby tipping post available on the Neds Blog.
Victoria Derby Race Day
Race day takes place on Saturday, the 31st of October, 2020. Victoria Derby Day kicks off the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival and it is tradition for racegoers to wear black and white.
Every race on the Victoria Derby Day card holds group status and the other key events include the:
- Group 1 $2 million Kennedy Cantala Stakes (1600m)
- Group 1 $1.5 million Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)
- Group 1 $1 million Empire Rose Stakes (1600m)
- Group 2 $300,000 Salinger Stakes (1200m)
- Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (1200m)
- Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m)
- Group 3 $500,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
- Group 3 $200,000 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m).
Victoria Derby Race Time
The Victoria Derby race time is scheduled for 3:45 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Victoria Derby start times for various states appear in the table below.
|Western Australia||12:45 PM|
|Australian Capital Territory||3:45 PM|
|New South Wales||3:45 PM|
|Northern Territory||2:15 pm|
|South Australia||3:15 pm|
Victoria Derby 2020 Barrier Draw
The 2020 Victoria Derby barrier draw will be released to the public on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section.
Victoria Derby 2020 Nominations
The early Victoria Derby nominations for 2020 are announced on a Tuesday in late September. A full list of nominations will be found on our Victoria Derby 2020 Nominations page.
The 2020 Victoria Derby nominations attracted 89 three-year-old stayers including the Godolphin-raced early favourite Alcyone, Peter Moody’s Memsie Stakes placegetter Glenfiddich and Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr’s undefeated colt Cambourne.
First acceptances for the Victoria Derby close on Tuesday October 20, 2020 and will be updated below.
Victoria Derby 2020 first acceptances
The Victoria Derby 2020 first acceptances cut the line-up of potential runners down to just 24 including Caulfield Classic winner Albarado, all-in favourite Young Werther and Caulfield Guineas third placed Grandslam who was a shock inclusion in the Cox Plate 2020 field.
Victoria Derby Weights
Set weights apply to this race. Colts and geldings race at 55.5 kg and fillies at 53.5 kg. Weights will be published at 4:00 PM, Monday, the 26th of October, 2020 and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section.
Victoria Derby Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Tuesday the 27th of October, 2020 and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section.
Victoria Derby Riders Announcement
Riders must be declared by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 28th of October, 2020 and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section.
Victoria Derby Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 31st of October, 2020.
Victoria Derby Prize Money
The Victoria Derby prize purse is worth $2,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.
Victoria Derby Jockeys
Some of the most memorable Victoria Derby jockeys of all time include amongst their ranks great riders such as:
- Damian Oliver, who has won the race five times (1992, 2001, 2003, 2012 and 2014).
- Hugh Bowman, with three wins (2010, 2011 and 2013).
Victoria Derby Race Number
The Victoria Derby is set to run as Flemington Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEDT) on the 31st of October, 2020 as part of Victoria Derby Day, the opening event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.
Victoria Derby Live
You can watch or listen to the 2020 Victoria Derby live, across the following mediums.
Telecast: Channel Seven
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Victoria Derby Tickets
Tickets for the 2020 Victoria Derby Day are available through Ticketek.
Grey Horses In The Victoria Derby
Grey horses have rarely seen placings in the Victoria Derby. The few who have tasted success include Efficient (first place in 2006) and Suwarrow (first place in 1879).
Victoria Derby Winners
Winners of the Victoria Derby going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Victoria Derby winners, going all the way back to 1855, please visit our Victoria Derby Winners page.
|2020||Johnny Get Angry||Denis Pagan||Lachlan King (a)||2:41.91|
|2019||Warning||Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||2:40.83|
|2018||Extra Brut||Darren Weir||John Allen||2:34.31|
|2017||Ace High||David Payne||Tye Angland||2:37.55|
|2016||Prized Icon||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||2:36.16|
|2015||Tarzino||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||2:38.39|
|2014||Preferment||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||2:37.81|
|2013||Polanski||Robbie Laing||Hugh Bowman||2:38.66|
|2012||Fiveandahalfstar||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||2:35.92|
|2011||Sangster||Trent Busuttin||Hugh Bowman||2:40.33|
|2010||Lion Tamer||Murray Baker||Hugh Bowman||2:46.43|
|2009||Monaco Consul||Michael Moroney||Corey Brown||2:41.68|
|2008||Rebel Raider||Leon Macdonald||Clare Lindop||2:36.90|
|2007||Kibbutz||David Hayes||Craig Williams||2:40.92|
|2006||Efficient||Graeme Rogerson||Michael Rodd||2:38.35|
|2005||Benicio||Lee Freedman||Noel Callow||2:37.08|
|2004||Plastered||Lindsey Smith||Paul Harvey||2:35.49|
|2003||Elvstroem||Tony Vasil||Damien Oliver||2:38.99|
|2002||Helenus||Leon Corstens||Steven King||2:40.54|
|2001||Amalfi||Peter Moody||Damien Oliver||2:34.63|
|2000||Hit The Roof||David Hall||Glen Boss||2:39.02|
|1999||Blackfriars||Peter Hayes||Greg Childs||2:36.32|