Soul Patch on top of 2019 Victoria Derby tips. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2019 Victoria Derby Tips

It’s hard to believe that we have already reached Derby Day and another wide-open edition of the season’s headline three-year-old race.

The 2019 Victoria Derby field includes a previous winner at the highest level, several last-start winners and a whole lot of top-line potential. I simply cannot wait to see what some of these horses can do, getting out to the 2500m for the first time.

There is some serious value to be extracted and my 2019 Victoria Derby tips can be found below.

Suggested Bets

  • 2 Units E/W #2 Soul Patch 
  • Boxed Trifecta of the selections below 
Victoria Derby - Winner
No. 2 Soul Patch

Soul Patch was enormous in the Group 2 Vase at The Valley last weekend and I think that he’s only going to improve over the 2500m at HQ. The Shamus Award colt has recorded two wins and as many second placings from only five career starts and perhaps importantly, has continued to improve as trainer Ken Keys has raised the bar. He ran a credible eighth in the Caulfield Guineas a fortnight prior to his dominant win in the Vase and he’s drawn to find a nice position in transit. With even luck, he definitely looks up to it.

Victoria Derby - 2nd
No. 3 Thought Of That

Thought Of That is seeking a third win in succession when he steps out in the 2019 Victoria Derby and I think he’s going to prove extremely difficult to beat again. The So You Think colt has continued to improve with each effort and as he’s gotten further out in trip this time, but his performances to win over a mile at Donald and over 2000m in the Group 3 Norman Robinson most-recently have been nothing short of outstanding, and he is at peak fitness for this contest.

Victoria Derby - 3rd
No. 1 Shadow Hero

Yeah, I guess? Shadow Hero is clearly a horse of ability and his Spring Champion Stakes win now looks even better, given Castelvecchio’s impressive performance for second in the Cox Plate last week but for one reason or another, I just don’t think he’s quite up to winning the Derby. This Derby, that is. Other than Castelvecchio, I think that the opposition that he has so-far beaten has only been fair, and this does look another big step up in class. Every horse is getting out to this trip for the first time but as the early favourite, I’m happy to take him on.

Victoria Derby - 4th
No. 5 Serious Liaison

Serious Liaison really hasn’t done anything wrong during his racing career so far and he is primed to run a cheeky race in the Victoria Derby 2019. The Zoffany colt has won twice over a mile, which included a smart performance in BM70 company at Caulfield two back, and he was last seen finishing third behind Soul Patch last weekend. Breeding suggests that he’ll enjoy the rise in trip and the $26 on offer in Victoria Derby betting at publish could prove big overs.