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

  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 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
Thinkin’ Big 7 2.5
Savoie 8 2.75
The Autumn Sun 10 3.25
Declarationofheart 13 4
Aramayo 15 4.5
Dealmaker 15 4.5
Purple Sector 16 4.75
Tarka 16 4.75
Botti 17 5
Extra Brut 18 5.25
Muswellbrook 19 5.5
Approach Discreet 21 6
Power Of Attorney 21 6
Good ’n’ Fast 26 7.3
Grinzinger Star 26 7.3
Tavidance 26 7.25
Tolemac 26 7.3
Visao 26 7.3
Fast Train 31 8.5
Gem Song 31 8.5
Mickey Blue Eyes 31 8.5
Savvy Oak 31 8.5
Vassilator 31 8.5
Thunderdome 35 9.5
Cloak 41 11
Farooq 41 11
Irukandji 41 11
Merchant Of Venice 41 11
Outrageous 41 11
Tavirun 41 11
Fun Fact 51 13.5
Hasabro 51 14

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
1 1 Ace High
2 6 Sully
3 3 Astoria
4 9 Pissaro

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.

Horse Age Sex Past Winnings Trainer
Thinkin’ Big 3 Colt $228,345 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
Savoie 3 Colt $87,440 Darren Weir
The Autumn Sun 3 Colt $1,113,021 Chris Waller
Declarationofheart 3 Colt $41,150 Anthony Freedman
Aramayo 3 Colt $130,160 James Cummings
Dealmaker 3 Colt $92,230 Chris Waller
Purple Sector 3 Colt $38,250 John P Thompson
Tarka 3 Colt $196,500 David Payne
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
Tavidance 3 Colt $14,300 Darren Weir

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.

State Start Time
Western Australia 12:50 PM
Queensland 2:50 PM
Australian Capital Territory 3:50 PM
Tasmania 3:50 PM
Victoria 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.

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).

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

Streaming: 7Live

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.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Time
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