Kemalpasa will contest the Linlithgow Stakes on Derby Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2021 Victoria Derby Day Tips & Preview

2021 Victoria Derby Day has arrived, and it kicks off another enormous Melbourne Cup Week at Flemington.

All nine races on Derby Day have drawn talent-rich fields that are brimming with value.

Check out my 2021 Victoria Derby Day Tips below.

Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) – 12:20pm AEDT
No. 3 Prix De Turn

Prix De Turn is a two-start maiden, but he is clearly a horse of ability, and I am confident that he can break his maiden in the Carbine Club Stakes.

The Turn Me Loose colt finished second behind Extreme Flight on debut at Sandown in September, and he ran home well to finish a credible seventh in the Neds Caulfield Guineas last time.

He has plenty of upside and will relish the drop in class.

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Group 3 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m) – 1pm AEDT
No. 1 Mirage Dancer

Removing race favourite Great House from the equation, who is reportedly no sure thing of taking his place, the Hotham field is as wide open as they come, and there is a case to be made for a few. Don’t forget, ballot-free entry into the 2021 Melbourne Cup is on the line.

Mirage Dancer has been fair this time, but he is rock-hard fit and will be suited to a return to Flemington.

The Group 1 winner has finished fourth behind Nonconformist in the Naturalism Stakes three starts back, and he has since finished fifth in the Neds Herbert Power and sixth in the Geelong Cup.

He’ll stay all day, and we can have an each-way play at a big price.

Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) – 1:40pm AEDT
No. 4 Barb Raider

Barb Raider can return to winning form in the Wakeful Stakes.

The Rebel Raider filly is yet to return a poor effort in five starts since debuting at the beginning of August, winning twice, including the Oaks Trial here at HQ last month.

She takes her place in the Wakeful Stakes field following an impressive performance for third in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, and breeding suggests she’ll relish getting out to 2000m.

Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) – 2:20pm AEDT
No. 2 Kemalpasa

Reigning champion Kemalpasa will take plenty of beating again when he steps out in the Linlithgow Stakes on Derby Day.

The six-year-old son of Magnus has been nothing short of outstanding throughout his career, and he only just missed in the Listed Wylie Stakes at Morphettville when resumiong this time, before filling the minors behind Kementari and Zoutori here last time.

He’s four weeks between runs, but he absolutely flies down the straight, and he has been set for this race.

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Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) – 3pm AEDT
No. 5 Still A Star

The Empire Rose Stakes shapes as the contest of the day at Flemington on Saturday and there is case to be built for nearly every filly and mare.

I’ve put Still A Star on top, but you can find my full race preview and complete 2021 Empire Rose Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.

Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) – 3:45pm AEDT
No. 1 Forgot You

The 2021 Victoria Derby field is rich with talent and a new champion will be crowned just prior to 4pm AEDT on Saturday.

I’ve put Forgot You on top, but be sure to check out my full race preview and 2021 Victoria Derby Tips RIGHT HERE.

Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) – 4:30pm AEDT
No. 6 Paulele

Another standout Group 1 feature race will see some of the country’s best three-year-old sprinters chase glory in the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes.

I’ve landed on Paulele, but be sure to check out my full race preview and complete 2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.

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Group 1 Kennedy Cantala Stakes (1600m) – 5:10pm AEDT
No. 3 Superstorm

Another wide-open edition of the Cantala Stakes has materialised, and it looms as a fascinating betting race.

I’ve landed on Superstorm at an each-way quote, but be sure to check out my full race preview and 2021 Cantala Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.

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Group 3 Furphy Sprint (1100m) – 5:50pm AEDT
No. 9 Ballistic Lover

This is a wide-open edition of the Furphy Sprint with several winning chances, but I am going to stick with Ballistic Lover third-up.

Ballistic Lover recorded an eye-catching win in the Carlyon Cup at The Valley when resuming in August and kept all of her best work for late when finishing fourth in the Group 1 Moir last time.

She has been freshened since that effort, sent back to the trials, and we can have an each-way play at around the $8.50 mark.