Australia | FEATURE RACE GUIDE
The Victoria Derby is a Group 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year olds at Flemington conducted by the Victoria Racing Club.
The Victoria Derby is run over 2500m. It was first run in 1855 and was won by Rose Of May.
The race was a mile and a half all the way through until 1973 when it was 2500m.
The Victoria Derby was a Principal Race until 1979 then Group 1.
The Derby is actually older than the Melbourne Cup.
There has often been a discussion about reducing the Derby's distance for two reasons. Firstly there is only 200m to the first turn from the 2500m start but more importantly the Derby comes up so quickly in the season for the youngsters.
Horses that have had runs coming down from Sydney have had good recent records in the Victoria Derby as opposed to those concentrating solely on southern campaigns.
The Spring Champion Stakes was moved back a week to help with that pattern. Those to do the Spring Champion/Victoria Derby double are Stylish Century, Nothin' Leica Dane, Monaco Consul and Ace High.
There are many ways to head to the Derby. The Vase at the Valley, Caulfield Classic, Cox Plate, Spring Champion or the Geelong Classic are all viable lead ups.
Last Caulfield Guineas winner to do the double was Helenus in 2002 and before that Mahogany in 1993.
Rebel Raider won the Derby at 100-1 in 2008.
Two maidens won the Derby in the space of 3 years - Fire Oak (1990) & Redding (1992) and then Preferment did it again in 2014. Johnny Get Angry added to that list in 2020.
Only two recent Derby winners went on to run in the Melbourne Cup (Nothin' Leica Dane 2nd & Arena 15th). Efficient was to run but was scratched on race morning.
History was made at Flemington in 2016 when Prized Icon won for James Cummings. This win made it four generations of the famous name tasting Victoria Derby success.
On the day Damien Oliver set the record for most Cup week winners taking over from Bobbie Lewis, he also won the Victoria Derby on Warning in 2019.
There was an amazing story in 2020 as AFL legendary coach Denis Pagan trained the winner Johnny Get Angry from his very small string of horses within 12 months of starting his training career.
The Victoria Derby was worth $2,000,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the Victoria Derby include Ace High (2017), Preferment (2014), Monaco Consul (2009), Efficient (2006), Elvstroem (2003), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), Mahogany (1993), Stylish Century (1989), Handy Proverb (1985), Red Anchor (1984), Grosvenor (1982), Dulcify (1978), Taj Rossi (1973), Silver Sharpe (1970), Tobin Bronze (1965), Sky High (1960), Tulloch (1957), Sailor's Guide (1955), Hydrogen (1951), Delta (1949), Comic Court (1948), Skipton (1941), Hall Mark (1933), Phar Lap (1929), Manfred (1925), Poseidon (1906), Grand Flaneur (1881) and Briseis (1877).
The 2020 Victoria Derby was won by Johnny Get Angry from Hit The Shot and Young Werther.
Previous Victoria Derby Winners
| JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) 3G |
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - LUMINOVA (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
|LACHLAN KING||57.0||DENIS PAGAN||5|
| WARNING (AUS) 3G |
DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) - LIVIA (AUS) GALILEO (IRE)
|D OLIVER||55.5||ANTHONY FREEDMAN||10|
| EXTRA BRUT (AUS) 3C |
DOMESDAY (AUS) - DOM PERION (AUS) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
|J ALLEN||55.5||DARREN WEIR||13|
| ACE HIGH (AUS) 3C |
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - COME SUNDAY (AUS) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
|T ANGLAND||55.5||DAVID PAYNE||3|
| PRIZED ICON (AUS) 3C |
MORE THAN READY (USA) - TROPICAL AFFAIR (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|G SCHOFIELD||55.5||JAMES CUMMINGS||4|
| TARZINO (NZ) 3C |
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - ZARZINO (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
|C NEWITT||55.5||MICK PRICE||10|
| PREFERMENT (NZ) 3C |
ZABEEL (NZ) - BETTER ALTERNATIVE (AUS) FLYING SPUR (AUS)
|D OLIVER||55.5||CHRIS WALLER||6|
| POLANSKI (AUS) 3C |
RAKTI (GB) - CITRIUM (AUS) CITIDANCER (IRE)
|J BOWMAN||55.5||ROBBIE LAING||1|
| FIVEANDAHALFSTAR (AUS) 3G |
HOTEL GRAND (AUS) - CRYPTIC MISS (AUS) SNIPPETS (AUS)
|D OLIVER||55.5||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||5|
| SANGSTER (NZ) 3G |
SAVABEEL (AUS) - QUINTA SPECIAL (IRE) SPECTRUM (IRE)
|J BOWMAN||55.5||TRENT BUSUTTIN||7|
| LION TAMER (NZ) 3C |
STORMING HOME (GB) - LIONESS (NZ) GENEROUS (IRE)
|J BOWMAN||55.5||MURRAY & BJORN BAKER||14|
| MONACO CONSUL (NZ) 3C |
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - ARGANTE (NZ) STAR WAY (GB)
|C W BROWN||55.5||MICHAEL MORONEY||1|
| REBEL RAIDER (AUS) 3C |
RESET (AUS) - PICHOLINE (AUS) DEHERE (USA)
|C LINDOP||55.5||LEON MACDONALD||15|
| KIBBUTZ (NZ) 3G |
GOLAN (IRE) - MISSKAP (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
|C WILLIAMS||55.5||D A HAYES||6|
| EFFICIENT (NZ) 3G |
ZABEEL (NZ) - REFUSED THE DANCE (NZ) DEFENSIVE PLAY (USA)
|M RODD||55.5||GRAEME ROGERSON||9|
| BENICIO (AUS) 3C |
MORE THAN READY (USA) - MANNINGTON (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|N CALLOW||55.5||D L FREEDMAN||11|
| PLASTERED (AUS) 3G |
LARANTO (AUS) - TIPPLES (AUS) CHERAW (IRE)
|P J HARVEY||55.5||LINDSEY SMITH||5|
| ELVSTROEM (AUS) 3C |
DANEHILL (USA) - CIRCLES OF GOLD (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
|D OLIVER||55.5||TONY VASIL||5|
| HELENUS (AUS) 3C |
HELISSIO (FR) - WORLDWIDE ELSIE (USA) JAVA GOLD (USA)
|STEVEN KING||55.5||LEON CORSTENS||8|
| AMALFI (NZ) 3C |
CARNEGIE (IRE) - RATIONAINE (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
|D OLIVER||55.5||PETER MOODY||2|
| HIT THE ROOF (NZ) 3G |
MAROOF (USA) - GOOD NEWS (NZ) DON'T FORGET ME (IRE)
|G BOSS||55.5||DAVID HALL||2|
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