The Victoria Derby is one of the most famous horse races in Australia. It was first held in 1855, over a mile and half, but has been held over 2500 metres since 1973. Restricted to three-year-olds, it is run in early November at the famous Flemington racecourse, Melbourne, on the first day of the popular VRC Spring Carnival. The prize money available for the Victoria Derby 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 high-class race, the Victoria Derby is a keenly anticipated contest for punters and Australia’s best tipsters will be studying this race closely. Victoria Derby betting tips will be in great demand in the days leading up to Derby Day, which is one of the most hectic betting days in Australian racing. The Victoria Derby is one of the trickier Group 1 contests to weigh up due partly to the fact that most of the horses involved have not yet demonstrated their full ability, but also due to the distance of the race, which can lead to a falsely-run contest. That’s why some punters look for advice from the top racing tipsters before they put their money down. If you’re planning on following a tipster, make sure you go for one with a good record with their Victoria Derby betting tips.
Betting starts on the Victoria Derby months in advance as punters and bookmakers attempt to weigh up each season’s group of two-year-olds to work out which have the potential to rise to the top of the staying division the following season. Those ante-post odds will fluctuate a great deal as the two-year-old season progresses and more of the competitors appear on the racecourse. All through the winter, there will be plenty of speculation about Victoria Derby entrants, and regular changes in the markets, and the odds will shift again during the spring as many races that are often seen as trials for the Victoria Derby are staged, including the Norman Robinson Stakes. There will be more changes to the Victoria Derby betting odds a few days before the race itself when the barrier draw is held, as this can give a minor advantage to low drawn horses, which is why some punters don’t bet until the draw has been done.
Entry requirements for the Victoria Derby have altered over the years, and from 1931 to 1956, geldings were not allowed to take part, though that rule no longer applies. Weight carried is also not a factor as all colts and geldings carry 55.5 kg and fillies only 53.5 kg. There are multiple entry stages for the race, including the Late Entry stage, which requires owners to pay a $82,500 fee, but the final Victoria Derby field is limited to just 16 runners, with the deciding factor being the level of prize money won by the horse to date. As you would expect for a race of this calibre, the entry list will include many of the best-bred and classiest young horses in Australian racing, and punters searching for ante-post clues for how the field may line up, can check out the Order of Entry.
Race fans all over Australia and around the world will be following the outcome of the Victoria Derby and the results will be detailed online not long after the winning horse has passed the post, published by fans through social media and through 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 in this race was Frances Tressady in 1923. Although in theory a horse can only run in the Victoria Derby once, Fireworks managed to win it twice in 1867 and 1868, when the race was shifted to New Year’s Day. Winning the Victoria Derby first time out is a tough task for any horse, but four have pulled it off. Preferment was the latest, four years ago.