The Victoria Derby is one of the best-known horse races in Australia. It dates to 1855, when it was run over a mile and half, but was switched to 2500 metres in 1973. Limited to three-year-olds, it is held in November at the famous Flemington racecourse, Melbourne, on the opening day of the well-known VRC Spring Carnival. The prize money total available for this race is $2,000,000, which makes it one of the wealthiest races in Australia, as well as one of the most distinguished.
As a long-established contest, the Victoria Derby is a popular betting race for punters and many of Australia’s top racing tipsters will be expected to find the winner. Victoria Derby betting tips will be in demand in the days leading up to Derby Day, which is one of the busiest days for betting in Australia. The Victoria Derby can be one of the tougher Group 1 contests to analyse due partly to the fact that most of the horses haven’t shown their full potential, but also due to the testing distance of the race, which can lead to a slowly run race. That’s why some punters seek advice from the best racing tipsters before they put their money down, and if you’re planning on following tipster advice, make sure you go for one with a good record in this race.
Betting starts on the Victoria Derby months before the race as punters and bookmakers try to weigh up each season’s new crop of two-year-olds to work out which have the potential to rise to the top of the staying division the following year. Those ante-post odds will change significantly as the two-year-old season goes by and more of the contenders make their racecourse debuts. All through the winter, there will be plenty of speculation over Victoria Derby entrants, and regular changes in the markets, and the odds will alter again as the spring comes around as several races that are often trials for the Victoria Derby are held in this period, including the Norman Robinson Stakes. There will be yet more changes to the Victoria Derby betting odds just a few days before the race itself when the barrier draw is made, as this can give a small advantage to horses given a low draw, which is why some punters choose to wait until after the draw before betting.
Entry requirements in the Victoria Derby have altered over the years, and in fact, between 1931 to 1956, geldings were not permitted to take part. Weight carried is not a factor in this race as colts and geldings must shoulder 55.5 kg and fillies carry 53.5 kg. There are several entry stages for the race, including the Late Entry stage, at which point owners are expected to pay a $82,500 fee, but the final Victoria Derby field is capped at 16 runners, with the deciding factor being career prize money. As you would expect, in a race of this calibre, the entry list will feature many of the best-bred and classiest three-year olds in Australian racing, and punters who are looking for ante-post clues for how the field may line up can check out the Order of Entry.
Race fans across Australia and around the world will be following the outcome of this prestigious race and the results are announced online shortly after the winning horse has passed the post, revealed by social media and all the official racing sites. The first three Victoria Derbies were won by fillies – Tricolour, Flying Doe and Rose of May – but the last filly to win it was Frances Tressady in 1923. Although in theory a horse can only run in the Victoria Derby once, Fireworks managed the unusual feat of winning it twice in 1867 and 1868, when the race was moved to New Year’s Day. Winning the Victoria Derby first time out is difficult for any horse, but four have managed to do so; Preferment being the latest, four years ago.