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.
The same day in Sydney, Rosehill Gardens hosts its own huge race meeting headlined by the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle and also featuring the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) along with the $1 million Winners Stakes (1300m).
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 2021 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, October 30, 2021
- Race Starts: 3:45pm (AEDT)
- 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
- 2021 Victoria Derby Winner: Hitotsu
victoria derby 2021 RESULTS
The official 2021 Victoria Derby results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 30, 2021.
- #9 Hitotsu
- #3 Alegron
- #16 Teewaters
Hitotsu ($4F) was the heavily-backed favourite and after being second last at the 600m, a patient ride by John Allen and tremendous staying ability from the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained colt saw the punters rejoice as the galloper made up all the ground for an easy two length win in the 2021 Victoria Derby results.
Victoria Derby Betting 2021
There are many different 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 in 2021
- 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 2021 Odds
Early market betting odds on the 2021 Victoria Derby will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.
Victoria Derby Field 2021
The official Victoria Derby 2021 field of final acceptors is announced the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below.
The 2021 Victoria Derby final field attracted a capacity line-up of three-year-old stayers led by Gunstock who is drawn wide but comes off a Group 3 Neds Classic win and last Saturday’s eye-catching Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase champ Forgot You on the seven day back-up.
Which Horse Will Win The Victoria Derby in 2021?
The best way to pick which horse will win the Victoria Derby in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers and consider their previous record over 2000m plus in distance among other factors.
Additional factors to consider when picking the Victoria Derby winner include:
- Favourites – Between the years of 2006-2021, the favourite has only won the Victoria Derby three times most recently with Hitotsu (2012)
- 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 2021 Favourites
Early favourites in Victoria Derby betting for 2021 include the progressive Gunstock who is bred to stay the distance and recent Group 2 Stutt Stakes / Moonee Valley Vase double winner at The Valley Forgot You.
Ace High ($7 in 2017) followed by Hitotsu ($4 in 2021) was the last Victoria Derby favourite to win.
Victoria Derby 2021 Form Guide
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Victoria Derby Form Guide following final acceptances.
Victoria Derby 2021 Tips
Favourite: #1 Forgot You ($3.60 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #1 Forgot You to salute for the punters (see above)
The Danger: #9 Tutukaka ($12 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #7 Jungle Magnate ($17 at time of publish)
Our insider 2021 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 2021
2021 Victoria Derby Day takes place on Saturday, the 30th of October, 2021. VRC 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 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) run as the TAB Stakes in 2021;
- Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (1200m);
- Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m) run as the Lexus Hotham Handicap in 2021;
- Group 3 $500,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m); and the
- Group 3 $200,000 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m) run as the Furphy Sprint in 2021.
Victoria Derby Race Time 2021
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 2021 Barrier Draw
The 2021 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 2021 Nominations
The early Victoria Derby nominations for 2021 are announced on a Tuesday in late September or early October. A full list of nominations will be found on our Victoria Derby Nominations page.
The 2021 Victoria Derby nominations close at midday on Tuesday October 5th, 2021.
The VRC Derby 2021 nominations drew 63 youngsters including five for trainer Chris Waller led by Head Of State and five fillies out to be the first to beat the boys since the early 1920’s!
Victoria Derby 2021 first acceptances
The Victoria Derby 2021 first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday October 19th, 2021.
Victoria Derby Weights 2021
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 25th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section.
Victoria Derby Acceptances 2021
Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Tuesday the 26th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section.
Victoria Derby riders 2021
Riders must be declared by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of October, 2021 and the full list of confirmed 2021 Victoria Derby jockeys will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section.
Victoria Derby Scratchings 2021
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of October, 2021.
Victoria Derby Prize Money 2021
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 2021
The 2021 Victoria Derby race number is set as Flemington Race 6 at 3:45pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 30th of October, 2021 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 2021
You can watch or listen to the 2021 Victoria Derby live, across the following mediums.
Telecast: Seven Network
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Victoria Derby Tickets
Tickets for the 2021 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.
|2021||Hitotsu||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||2:37.32|
|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|