The Victoria Derby is one of Australia’s premier Group 1 races and is run over 2500m at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. It has a total prize pool of $2 million, is for three-year-olds and is raced with set weights. In 2020, the Victoria Derby will take place on Saturday, October 31, the same day as three other Group 1s at Flemington.
Damien Oliver rode Warning to victory in the 2019 edition of the Victoria Derby, with Southern Moon and Soul Patch finishing second and third respectively. Also in the field was Shadow Hero, Huntly Castle and Thought Of That. Warning took no further part in the spring after winning the Victoria Derby.
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The first running of the Victoria Derby was way back in 1855, with Rose Of May crossing the line first. A number of racing greats have since won the race, including Phar Lap (1929), Comic Court (1948), Red Anchor (1984) and Efficient (2006).
Champion jockey Hugh Bowman had great success in the Victoria Derby in the early 2010s. He rode Lion Tamer to victory in 2010 before winning onboard Sangster and Polanski. No trainer has quite been able to replicate that same recent success, however, James Scobie holds the record for trainer wins in the race with eight.
Warning ran 2:40.83 to win the 2019 Victoria Derby in what were wet conditions. The fastest time the race has seen over the last 20 years actually came the year before from Extra Brut. He clocked 2:34.31 to beat home the likes of Stars Of Carrum and Chapada.
Victoria Derby Field
The Victoria Derby field is full of some of the best three-year-old stayers in Australia and abroad. Normally the race has a big field, which means at times it can be difficult to find a winner. In 2020, nominations for the race close on October 26 and final acceptances are on October 28.
2020 Victoria Derby Final Field, Barrier Draw, & Odds
|1||Cherry Tortoni (14)J: W Egan 57kg T: Patrick Payne||$4.80||$1.90||Bet Now|
|2||Albarado (8)J: M Zahra 57kg T: T Busuttin & N Young||$8.00||$2.45||Bet Now|
|3||Johnny Get Angry (5)J: Lachlan King 57kg T: Denis Pagan||$31.00||$7.00||Bet Now|
|4||Let’s Karaka Deel (3)J: John Allen 57kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$8.00||$2.60||Bet Now|
|5||Young Werther (4)J: D Oliver 57kg T: D T O’brien||$3.40||$1.50||Bet Now|
|6||Hit The Shot (9)J: Fred W Kersley 57kg T: Matthew Cumani||$7.00||$2.40||Bet Now|
|7||Cetshwayo (10)J: Jamie Kah 57kg T: D T O’brien||$21.00||$5.00||Bet Now|
|8||Redwood Shadow (12)J: Jye Mcneil 57kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr||$11.00||$3.70||Bet Now|
|9||Wertheimer (6)J: J Bowman 57kg T: T Busuttin & N Young||$34.00||$7.00||Bet Now|
|10||Tour Of Duty (13)J: J B Mc Donald 57kg T: M D Moroney||$26.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|11||Token Spirit (11)J: Damian Lane 57kg T: R Griffiths & M De Kock||$71.00||$16.00||Bet Now|
|12||Born To Succeed (7)J: M J Walker 57kg T: Saab Hasan||$151.00||$26.00||Bet Now|
|13||Wisaka (2)J: B Melham 57kg T: M D Moroney||$51.00||$9.00||Bet Now|
|14||Kenzan (1)J: D Moor 57kg T: D T O’brien||$101.00||$21.00||Bet Now|
Victoria Derby Betting
Like many of the top Group 1s in the Spring Racing Carnival, the Victoria Derby has a mixed betting history. One of the last five winners has had a starting price inside $3, four have had starting prices at $10 or less. The only outlier is 2016 winner Prized Icon who won at $17.
Victoria Derby Results
|1||Warning||Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||$9.50|
|2||Southern Moon||Mitchell Freedman||Billy Egan||$21|
|3||Soul Patch||Ken Keys||Dwayne Dunn||$3.60|
|4||Relucent||Chris waller||Hugh Bowman||$21|
|5||Shadow Hero||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||$3|
|6||Independent Road||David Hayes||Luke Nolen||$31|
|7||Long Jack||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Craig Williams||$21|
|8||Craftmanship||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Jamie Kah||$91|
|9||Huntly Castle||David Hayes||Jye McNeil||$51|
|10||Thought Of That||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||$4.80|
|11||Sign Seal Deliver||Matt Cumani||John Allen||$151|
|12||Translator||Nigel Blackiston||Jordan Childs||$101|
|13||He Is||Mark Kavanagh||Dean Yendall||$151|
|14||Lucky Edward||Tony Vasil||Jack Hill||$301|
|15||Navarre||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||$201|
VICTORIA DERBY WINNERS
2019 – Warning (2:40.83)
2018 – Extra Brut (2:34.31)
2017 – Ace High (2:37.55)
2016 – Prized Icon (2:36.16)
2015 – Tarzino (2:38.39)
2014 – Preferment (2:37.81)
2013 – Polanski (2:38.66)
2012 – Fiveandahalfstar (2:35.92)
2011 – Sangster (2:40.33)
2010 – Lion Tamer (2:46.43)