Looking for this year’s Victoria Derby betting tips, field and form guide? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

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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 $10 million The Golden Eagle and also featuring the $750,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) along with the $3 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 VRC 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 2023 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, November 4, 2023
  • 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
  • 2023 Victoria Derby Winner: Riff Rocket

victoria derby 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Victoria Derby results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 4, 2023. 

  1. #4 Riff Rocket
  2. #1 Apulia
  3. #5 Sunsets

The 2023 Victoria Derby winner was Riff Rocket ($2.20F) who narrowly held on to salute for the punters and hand trainer Chris Waller back-to-back wins and his third VRC Derby success overall.

Victoria Derby Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Victoria Derby, and we have 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 2023

  1. Join up at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. 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).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Victoria Derby 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 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.

Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

Victoria Derby Field 2023

The official Victoria Derby 2023 field of final acceptors is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Victoria Derby 2023 final field is now out with a capacity line-up of three-year-olds including Moonee Valley Vase winner Apulia in gate three and Chris Waller’s race favourite Riff Rocket to jump from barrier five with James McDonald aboard.

Which Horse Will Win The Victoria Derby in 2023?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Victoria Derby in 2023 is to take into account their lead-up spring racing form, assess the barriers and consider their previous record over 2000m plus in distance. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Victoria Derby winner include: 

  • Favourites – Between the years of 2006-2023, the favourite has won the Victoria Derby four times most recently with Riff Rocket ($2.20 in 2023). 
  • 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) and Manzoice ($21 in 2022).
  • Barrier – With a sharp turn before a back straight, establishing a good position early on can prove critical.

Victoria Derby 2023 Favourites

Early favourites in Victoria Derby betting for 2023 include Group 3 Caulfield Classic winner Sunsets, the Chris Waller-trained improver Riff Rocket coming off a second in that same key lead-up, and the Group 2 Vase winner from Cox Plate Day Apulia

Ace High ($7 in 2017) followed by Hitotsu ($4 in 2021) and Riff Rocket ($2.20 in 2023) are the latest Victoria Derby favourites to win.

Victoria Derby 2023 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 Victoria Derby Form Guide following final acceptances.


Victoria Derby 2023 Tips

Favourite: #4 Riff Rocket ($2.15 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #1 Apulia ($4.20 at time of publish) – BET NOW

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

Our insider 2023 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 2023

2023 Victoria Derby Day takes place on Saturday, the 4th of November, 2023. 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:

Victoria Derby 2023 Barrier Draw

The 2023 Victoria Derby barrier draw will be released to the public on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section. 

Victoria Derby 2023 Nominations

2023 Victoria Derby nominations are announced the Monday of race week. 

The 2023 Victoria Derby nominations attracted 23 three-year-old stayers led in all-in betting by the in-form Chris Waller-trained Riff Rocket and Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase winning Fiorente colt Apulia for the Hayes’ stable.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x6551x4413 AIR ASSAULT G 3 Andrew Gluyas 74
2 242×12841 APULIA C 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 88
3 3530 BLOOMING EDGE G 3 Trevor J Andrews 60
4 01054 BULAWAYO C 3 Pat Carey & Harris Walker 63
5 7x335x9732 CAP FERRAT C 3 Chris Waller 85
6 1786×41183 GANBARE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 88
7 78×13 GATES C 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 70
8 23116 GOLD BULLION (NZ) G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
9 040x GOLDEN ARTIFACT C 3 Trevor J Andrews 55
10 1203 KOSGEI G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 64
11 2569×80772 MAKE A CALL C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 64
12 533310 MEDATSU (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 64
13 9612 MERCANTE G 3 Nigel Blackiston 63
14 17×1212 RIFF ROCKET G 3 Chris Waller 80
15 7×4311 ROGUERY G 3 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans 66
16 3×4214 SACRED EAGLE C 3 Symon Wilde 63
17 7×464104 STEEL BLAZE C 3 Brett Lazzarini 61
18 4×5251241 SUNSETS C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
19 0x44314525 SUNSOURCE C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 73
20 417 TO BE FRANK (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 63
21 5×32525 TOKYO RUN (NZ) G 3 Dean Mirfin 59
22 1262 VERDAD G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 76
23 24431 WARIALDA WARRIOR G 3 John Ramsey 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Victoria Derby Weights 2023

Set weights apply to this race. Colts and geldings race at 55.5 kg and fillies at 53.5 kg. 2023 Victoria Derby weights will be published at 4:00 PM, Monday, the 30th of October, 2023 and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section. 

Victoria Derby Acceptances 2023

2023 Victoria Derby final acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday the 1st of November, 2023 and will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section. 

Victoria Derby riders 2023

Riders must be declared by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 1st of November, 2023 and the full list of confirmed 2023 Victoria Derby jockeys will be published in our above Victoria Derby Field section. 

Victoria Derby Scratchings 2023

2023 Victoria Derby scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 4th of November, 2023. 

Victoria Derby Prize Money 2023

The 2023 Victoria Derby prize purse is worth $2,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,200,000
2nd $360,000
3rd $180,000
4th $90,000
5th $50,000
6th $40,000
7th $40,000
8th $40,000

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 2023

The 2023 Victoria Derby race number is scheduled as Flemington Race 7 at 4:20pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 4th of November, 2023 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 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 Victoria Derby live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Network 10 

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing.com

Mobile: Neds App

Victoria Derby Tickets

Tickets for the 2023 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 1999 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.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Time
2023 Riff Rocket Chris Waller James McDonald 2:37.38
2022 Manzoice Chris Waller Michael Dee 2:40.86
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