The Victoria Derby is one of the oldest thoroughbred horse races in Australia. It was first run in 1855, over a mile and half, but has been run over 2500 metres since 1973. Confined to three-year-olds, it is staged in early November at Flemington racecourse, Melbourne, on the first day of the famous VRC Spring Carnival. The prize money available for this race is $2,000,000, which makes it one of the most valuable races in Australia, as well as one of the most distinguished.
As a long established and prestigious race, the Victoria Derby is a popular contest for punters and all of Australia’s top racing tipsters will be challenged to come up with the winner. Victoria Derby betting tips will be particularly in demand in the days leading up to Derby Day, which is one of the biggest days for betting in Australia. The Victoria Derby can be one of the tougher Group 1 contests to evaluate, due partly to the fact that many of the horses involved have yet to show their full potential, but also due to the testing distance of the race, which often results in a contest that is run at a false pace. That’s why many punters check out the opinions of the top racing tipsters before they put their money down, and if you’re taking advice from a tipster, make sure you go for one with a good record in this race, who have a proven ability to spot potential Victoria Derby winners.
Betting starts on the Victoria Derby months in advance as punters and bookmakers try to weigh up each season’s crop of two-year-olds to see which have the potential to rise to the top of the staying division as three-year-olds. Those ante-post odds will fluctuate significantly as the two-year-old season goes by and more of the competitors make their racecourse debuts. Throughout the winter, there will be plenty of speculation about likely Victoria Derby entrants, and regular adjustments to the markets, and the odds will shift again as the spring comes around as several races traditionally seen as trials for the Victoria Derby – such as the Norman Robinson Stakes – are held. There will be more minor fluctuations in the Victoria Derby betting odds a few days before the race itself when the barrier draw is announced, as this can hand a small advantage to horses drawn low, and many punters keep their powder dry until after the draw.
Entry requirements for the Victoria Derby have changed over the years, and between 1931 and 1956, geldings were not allowed to compete, but that rule no longer applies, and weight carried is not a factor as colts and geldings will carry 55.5 kg and fillies will shoulder 53.5 kg. There are several entry stages for the race, including a Late Entry stage, for which owners must come up with a hefty $82,500 fee, but the final Victoria Derby field is limited to 16 runners, with the deciding factor being career prize money won to date. As you would expect, in a race of this calibre, the list of entries includes some of the best-bred and most-promising three-year olds in Australian racing, but punters who are looking for ante-post clues for how the field will line up can study the Order of Entry.
Race fans from across Australia and around the world will be keenly following the outcome of this prestigious old race and the results will be declared online shortly after the winning horse has passed the post, both by fans on social media and 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 this race was Frances Tressady in 1923. Although in theory a horse can only run in the Victoria Derby once, Fireworks managed the unique 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 a tough ask, but four horses have managed to claim victory in this famous race on their first competitive racecourse outing, Preferment being the latest in 2014.