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Victoria Derby

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History

JOHNNY GET ANGRY winning the Victoria Derby at Flemington in Australia.
JOHNNY GET ANGRY winning the Victoria Derby at Flemington in Australia. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

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.


Racing and Sports

Previous Victoria Derby Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) 3G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - LUMINOVA (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
LACHLAN KING57.0DENIS PAGAN5
WARNING (AUS) 3G
DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) - LIVIA (AUS) GALILEO (IRE)
D OLIVER55.5ANTHONY FREEDMAN10
EXTRA BRUT (AUS) 3C
DOMESDAY (AUS) - DOM PERION (AUS) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
J ALLEN55.5DARREN WEIR13
ACE HIGH (AUS) 3C
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - COME SUNDAY (AUS) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
T ANGLAND55.5DAVID PAYNE3
PRIZED ICON (AUS) 3C
MORE THAN READY (USA) - TROPICAL AFFAIR (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
G SCHOFIELD55.5JAMES CUMMINGS4
TARZINO (NZ) 3C
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - ZARZINO (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
C NEWITT55.5MICK PRICE10
PREFERMENT (NZ) 3C
ZABEEL (NZ) - BETTER ALTERNATIVE (AUS) FLYING SPUR (AUS)
D OLIVER55.5CHRIS WALLER6
POLANSKI (AUS) 3C
RAKTI (GB) - CITRIUM (AUS) CITIDANCER (IRE)
J BOWMAN55.5ROBBIE LAING1
FIVEANDAHALFSTAR (AUS) 3G
HOTEL GRAND (AUS) - CRYPTIC MISS (AUS) SNIPPETS (AUS)
D OLIVER55.5ANTHONY CUMMINGS5
SANGSTER (NZ) 3G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - QUINTA SPECIAL (IRE) SPECTRUM (IRE)
J BOWMAN55.5TRENT BUSUTTIN7
LION TAMER (NZ) 3C
STORMING HOME (GB) - LIONESS (NZ) GENEROUS (IRE)
J BOWMAN55.5MURRAY & BJORN BAKER14
MONACO CONSUL (NZ) 3C
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - ARGANTE (NZ) STAR WAY (GB)
C W BROWN55.5MICHAEL MORONEY1
REBEL RAIDER (AUS) 3C
RESET (AUS) - PICHOLINE (AUS) DEHERE (USA)
C LINDOP55.5LEON MACDONALD15
KIBBUTZ (NZ) 3G
GOLAN (IRE) - MISSKAP (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
C WILLIAMS55.5D A HAYES6
EFFICIENT (NZ) 3G
ZABEEL (NZ) - REFUSED THE DANCE (NZ) DEFENSIVE PLAY (USA)
M RODD55.5GRAEME ROGERSON9
BENICIO (AUS) 3C
MORE THAN READY (USA) - MANNINGTON (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
N CALLOW55.5D L FREEDMAN11
PLASTERED (AUS) 3G
LARANTO (AUS) - TIPPLES (AUS) CHERAW (IRE)
P J HARVEY55.5LINDSEY SMITH5
ELVSTROEM (AUS) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - CIRCLES OF GOLD (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
D OLIVER55.5TONY VASIL5
HELENUS (AUS) 3C
HELISSIO (FR) - WORLDWIDE ELSIE (USA) JAVA GOLD (USA)
STEVEN KING55.5LEON CORSTENS8
AMALFI (NZ) 3C
CARNEGIE (IRE) - RATIONAINE (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
D OLIVER55.5PETER MOODY2
HIT THE ROOF (NZ) 3G
MAROOF (USA) - GOOD NEWS (NZ) DON'T FORGET ME (IRE)
G BOSS55.5DAVID HALL2

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