The Victoria Derby is among the most famous horse races in Australia. It was first held in 1855, over a mile and half, but has been run over 2500 metres since 1973. Restricted to three-year-olds, it takes place in early November at the well-known Flemington racecourse, Melbourne, during the first day of the popular VRC Spring Carnival. The prize money on offer for the Victoria Derby is $2,000,000, which makes it one of the most lucrative races in Australia, as well as one of the most distinguished.
As a long established and well-regarded race, the Victoria Derby is a keenly anticipated contest for punters and Australia’s top racing tipsters will be studying this race intently. Victoria Derby betting tips will be in demand in the days leading up to Derby Day, which is one of the busiest betting days in Australian racing. The Victoria Derby is one of the tougher Group 1 contests to work out due partly to the fact that most of the horses involved have yet to show their full ability, but also due to the testing distance of the race, which can lead to a falsely-run contest. That’s why some punters look out for advice from the top racing tipsters before they put their money down. If you’re planning on following tipster advice, make sure you go for one with a good record in this race.
Betting starts for the Victoria Derby months in advance as punters and bookmakers try to weigh up each season’s group of two-year-olds to establish which have the potential to rise to the top of the staying division during the following season. Those ante-post odds will fluctuate significantly as the two-year-old season progresses and more of the competitors make their debuts. All through the winter, there will be plenty of speculation regarding Victoria Derby entrants, and regular shifts in the markets, and the odds will move again during the spring as several races that are often seen as trials for the Victoria Derby are held at that time, such as the Norman Robinson Stakes. There will be more changes in the Victoria Derby betting odds a few days before the race itself when the barrier draw is made, as this can give a small advantage to low drawn horses, which is why many punters don’t bet until the draw has been completed.
Entry requirements for the Victoria Derby have changed over the years, and from 1931 to 1956, geldings were not allowed to take part, but that rule no longer applies. Weight carried is also not a factor in this race as colts and geldings carry 55.5 kg and fillies only 53.5 kg. There are several entry stages for the race, including a Late Entry stage, which requires owners to pay a hefty $82,500 fee, but the final Victoria Derby field is restricted to just 16 runners, with the deciding factor being the amount of prize money won by the horse. As you would expect for a race of this calibre, the entry list will feature many of the best-bred and most-promising young horses in Australian racing, and punters looking for ante-post clues for how the field may shape up, can check out the Order of Entry.
Race fans across Australia and around the world will be closely following the outcome of this famous race and the results will be revealed online not long after the winning horse has passed the post, spread both by fans through social media and by official racing sites. The first three Victoria Derbies were all claimed by fillies – Tricolour, Flying Doe and Rose of May – but the last filly to win this race was Frances Tressady in 1923. Although in theory a horse can only enter the Victoria Derby once, Fireworks managed to win it twice in 1867 and 1868, when the race was moved to New Year’s Day. Winning the Victoria Derby first time out is a tough task for any horse, but four have done so, winning on their first competitive racecourse outing. Preferment was the last to do it, in 2014.