The Victoria Derby is one of the most famous horse races in Australia. It was first run in 1855, over a mile and half, but has been held over 2500 metres since 1973. Limited to three-year-olds, it is run in early November at the well-known Flemington racecourse, Melbourne, on the first day of the popular VRC Spring Carnival. The prize money on offer for this race is $2,000,000, which makes it one of the richest races in Australia, as well as one of the most prestigious.
As a long established and highly-regarded race, the Victoria Derby is a popular contest for punters and most of Australia’s top racing tipsters will be challenged to find the winner. Victoria Derby betting tips will be highly sought after in the days leading up to Derby Day, which is one of the most frenetic days for betting in Australia. The Victoria Derby can be one of the harder Group 1 contests to analyse due partly to the fact that most of the horses involved have yet to show their full potential, but also thanks to the testing distance of the race, which can produce a contest that is run at a steady pace. That’s why many some punters check out advice from the top racing tipsters before they put their money down, and if you’re thinking of following tipster advice, make sure you opt for one with a good record in the Victoria Derby.
Betting starts on the Victoria Derby well ahead of time as punters and bookmakers try to weigh up each season’s crop of two-year-olds to work out which have the potential to rise to the top of the staying division in their second season. Those ante-post odds will change significantly as the two-year-old season goes on and more of the competitors make their racecourse debuts. All through the winter, there will be plenty of speculation about possible Victoria Derby entrants, and regular changes in the markets, and the odds will move again as the spring comes around as several races usually seen as trials for the Victoria Derby are held at that time, including the Norman Robinson Stakes. There will be more shifts in the Victoria Derby betting odds just a few days before the race itself at the time of the barrier draw, as this can give a small advantage to horses drawn low, which is why some punters keep their powder dry until after the draw.
Entry requirements for the Victoria Derby have altered over the years, and from 1931 to 1956, geldings were not permitted to take part, but that rule is no longer applied. Weight carried is also not a factor as colts and geldings must carry 55.5 kg and fillies only 53.5 kg. There are multiple entry stages for the race, including a Late Entry stage, at which point owners must pay a hefty $82,500 fee, but the final Victoria Derby field is limited to just 16 runners, with the deciding factor being total prize money won by the horse at that point. As you would expect, in a race of this calibre, the entry list will include many of the best-bred and most-promising three-year olds in Australian racing, and punters on the look-out for ante-post clues for how the field may look at the off can study the Order of Entry.
Race fans all over Australia and across teh world will be closely following the outcome of this prestigious race and the results will be announced online not long after the winning horse has passed the post, spread by fans on social media and by official racing sites. The first three Victoria Derbies were all won by fillies – Tricolour, Flying Doe and Rose of May – but the last filly to claim this race was Frances Tressady in 1923. Although in theory a horse should only be able to enter the Victoria Derby once, Fireworks managed the feat of winning it twice in 1867 and 1868, when the race was shifted to New Year’s Day. Winning the Victoria Derby first time out is tough for any horse, but four have done so, claiming victory on their first competitive racecourse outing. Preferment was the latest to do it, in 2014.