A Group 1 race for almost 40 years, the Victoria Derby is the blue chip race for three year old stayers during the VRC’s Spring Racing Carnival.
If you’re looking for a good lead in race, then it might be worth watching the Moonee Valley Vase, which happens a week before the Victoria Derby.
Victoria Derby 2018 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
- Race Starts: 3:50 PM (AEST)
- 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
Victoria Derby Trifecta
In order to win the Victoria Derby trifecta bet, you will have to successfully choose the first three runners over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can carefully consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Victoria Derby Trifecta page.
Victoria Derby First 4
In order to win the Victoria Derby first four bet, you will have to successfully choose the first four horses over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can begin to consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Victoria Derby First Four page.
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 2018 Horses
If you are looking to find out which horses are running in 2018’s Victoria Derby, then you would be well informed by taking the time to read the form guide and field. Please note that the field guide is usually not released by Racing Victoria until late October.
Victoria Derby 2018 Odds
Early market odds for the top thirty-two prospective runners are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of the Victoria Derby here.
(Please note that the odds below are from 02/10/2018, after nominations, but prior to acceptances).
|All In||Win Odds||Place Odds|
|The Autumn Sun||10||3.25|
|Power Of Attorney||21||6|
|Good ’n’ Fast||26||7.3|
|Mickey Blue Eyes||31||8.5|
|Merchant Of Venice||41||11|
Victoria Derby 2017 Results
The top four finishers of 2017’s Victoria Derby are displayed in the table below:
|Finishing Order||Horse No.||Horse Name|
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 2006-2015, the favourite has only one the Victoria Derby once.
- Odds – 12 winners in the past 30 years have started the race with double digit odds.
- Barrier – With a sharp turn before a back straight, establishing a good position early on can prove critical.
Victoria Derby Favourites
Early favourites include Thinkin’ Big, Savoie, The Autumn Sun and Declarationofheart.
Victoria Derby Form Guide
The form guide will become the Saturday before the Victoria Derby. Once finalised, you will be able to read our 2018 Form Guide here.
Victoria Derby 2018 Field
The field limit is 16. We show the 16 mostly likely to make the final field in the table below.
|Thinkin’ Big||3||Colt||$228,345||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|The Autumn Sun||3||Colt||$1,113,021||Chris Waller|
|Purple Sector||3||Colt||$38,250||John P Thompson|
|Botti||3||Gelding||$21,172||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman|
|Extra Brut||3||Colt||$118,420||Darren Weir|
|Muswellbrook||3||Gelding||$215,350||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|Approach Discreet||3||Colt||$61,400||Darren Weir|
|Power Of Attorney||3||Colt||$23,650||Tony Vasil|
|Good ’n’ Fast||3||Colt||$195,500||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|Grinzinger Star||3||Colt||$4,810||Danny O’Brien|
Victoria Derby 2018 Tips
Favourite: Thinkin’ Big. Trained by the powerhouse duo of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, this colt has seen mostly success in its first season, with a majority of results being wins and only at least a placing.
Best Bet: Approach Discreet. This short distance runner has plenty of left-handed racetrack experience, having raced at tracks all over Victoria. This Darren Weir trained Colt has two first place finishes, and has never placed lower than fourth.
Best Roughie: Muswellbrook. Coming from the promising house of David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, this Gelding started racing in 2017, but will still be 3 years old at the time of the race. Typically finishing in 2nd place, but paying out great odds, he represents great value for a place.
Victoria Derby Race Day
Race day takes place on Saturday, the 3rd of November, 2018.
Victoria Derby Race Time
The race is scheduled to start at 3:50 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time. Victoria Derby start times for various states appear in the table below.
|Western Australia||12:50 PM|
|Australian Capital Territory||3:50 PM|
|New South Wales||3:50 PM|
|Northern Territory||2:20 pm|
|South Australia||3:20 pm|
Victoria Derby Barrier Draw
The 2018 Victoria Derby barrier draw will be released to the public on Tuesday, the 30th of November in the afternoon.
Victoria Derby Nominations
The total number of nominations for the 2018’s Victoria Derby is 97. The list of nominations were released on Tuesday, the 25th of September, 2018. You can view the full list of nominations on our Victoria Derby 2018 Nominations page.
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 29th of October, 2018.
Victoria Derby Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Friday, Wednesday, the 31st of October, 2018.
Victoria Derby Riders Announcement
Riders must be declared by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 31st of October, 2018.
Victoria Derby Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 3rd of November, 2018.
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).
For 2018’s edition of the race, you will have to wait until the riders announcement to know which jockeys will be in the final field.
Victoria Derby Race Number
The Victoria Derby is race number 3 on the 3rd of November, 2018 part of the AAMI Victoria Derby Day, the opening event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.
Victoria Derby Form Guide
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2018’s Melbourne has been released.
Victoria Derby Live
You can watch or listen to the 2018 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 2018 AAMI Victoria Derby Day are available through Ticketek.
Victoria Derby Big Bets
2017’s edition of the Victoria Derby saw some pretty big bets, including someone who placed $30,000 on Marmelo. There was also $15,000 placed on Almandin, as well as two separate amounts of $12,500 and $10,000, which were placed on Johannes Vermeer.
Victoria Derby Race List
|Race Number||Race Name||Prize Purse||Distance|
|1||Coolmore Stud Stakes||$1,000,000||1200 metres|
|2||Carbine Club Stakes||$200,000||1600 metres|
|3||AAMI Victoria Derby||$2,000,000||2500 metres|
|4||Mumm Wakeful Stakes||$300,000||2000 metres|
|5||Linlithgow Stakes||$300,000||1200 metres|
|6||Kennedy Mile||$1,000,000||1600 metres|
|7||Lexus Stakes||$300,000||2500 metres|
|8||Begonia Belle Stakes||$200,000||1100 metres|
|9||Myer Classic||$500,000||1600 metres|
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 for the past eighteen years 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.
|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|