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Victoria Derby - VRC Derby

Winners and Past Results for the Victoria Derby

The Victoria Derby hosted by Victoria Racing Club is one of the classic Group 1 races held at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival usually at the end of October or early November.

The 2500 metre race for three year old horses is held under set weight conditions on the first day of the four-day Flemington spring racing carnival which ends with the prestigious Melbourne Cup the following Tuesday. The race is worth $1,500,000 in prize money which has more often than not taken by the premier staying types around in the season. Other Group 1 races held on the same day include the Myer Classic, Mackinnon Stakes, and Coolmore Stud Stakes, with over $5 million at stake on the day.

Three year old horses take to the field for the Victoria Derby in front of a packed crowd of over 100,000 in customary black and white attire. Interestingly, there has been a dearth of fillies making it first across the post with the last female winning way back in 1923 being Frances Tressady. The 2040 M Group 2 AAMI Vase held a week earlier at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day is one of the lead up events. Raveneaux in 1986, Blevic in 1994, Helenus in 2002, Plastered in 2004, and Efficient in 2006 have all won the AAMI Vase / Victoria Derby double. Efficient went on to win the Melbourne Cup the next year.

A limited field of 16 runners are permitted for the Victoria Derby where horses with the most prize money in the last two years or winners of eligible races gain entry to the oldest race. In addition, the winner is exempt from ballot for the Melbourne Cup. The natural progression for most horses would be Crown Oaks for three-year-old fillies, Sandown Classic, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and Geelong Cup. Major lead up races for punters to follow includes the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, and Caulfield Guineas. However, the Group 2 AAMI Vase, Norman Robinson Stakes, and Listed Cranbourne Cup can also prove to be handy form guides.

The Victoria Derby was first held in 1855, a principal race won by Rose of May. It was directly promoted to Group 1 in 1979 with Big Print recorded as the first Group 1 winner.

Phar Lap won the Victoria Derby in 1929 and was determined as the greatest derby winner of all time.

Fireworks won the the VRC Derby twice while other notable Victorian Derby winners include Poseidon in 1906, Tulloch in 1957 and Efficient in 2006. Although it was originally run at the traditional Derby length of 2400 metres, it was changed in 1973 to its current 2500 metres.

Year Victoria Derby Winnerw
2014 Preferment
2013 Polanski
2012 Fiveandahalfstar
2011 Sangster
2010 Lion Tamer
2009 Monaco Consul
2008 Rebel Raider
2007 Kibbutz
2006 Efficient
2005 Benicio
2004 Plastered
2003 Elvstroem
2002 Helenus
2001 Amalfi
2000 Hit The Roof
1999 Blackfriars
1998 Arena
1997 Second Coming
1996 Portland Player
1995 Nothin' Leica Dane
1994 Blevic
1993 Mahogany
1992 Redding
1991 Star Of The Realm
1990 Fire Oak
1989 Stylish Century
1988 King's High
1987 Omnicorp
1986 Raveneaux
1985 Handy Proverb
1984 Red Anchor
1983 Bounty Hawk
1982 Grosvenor
1981 Brewery Boy
1980 Sovereign Red
1979 Big Print
1978 Dulcify
1977 Stormy Rex
1976 Unaware
1975 Galena Boy
1974 Haymaker
1973 Taj Rossi
1972 Dayana
1971 Classic Mission
1970 Silver Sharpe
1969 Daryl's Joy
1968 Always There
1967 Savoy
1966 Khalif
1965 Tobin Bronze
1964 Royal Sovereign
1963 Craftsman
1962 Coppelius
1961 New Statesman
1960 Sky High
1959 Travel Boy
1958 Sir Blink
1957 Tulloch
1956 Monte Carlo
1955 Sailor's Guide
1954 Pride Of Egypt
1953 Prince Morvi
1952 Advocate
1951 Hydrogen
1950 Alister
1949 Delta
1948 Comic Court
1947 Beau Gem
1946 Prince Standard
1945 Magnificent
1944 San Martin
1943 Precept
1942 Great Britain
1941 Skipton
1940 Lucrative
1939 Reading
1938 Nuffield
1937 Hua
1936 Talking
1935 Feldspar
1934 Theo
1933 Hall Mark
1932 Liberal
1931 Johnnie Jason
1930 Balloon King
1929 Phar Lap
1928 Strephon
1927 Trivalve
1926 Rampion
1925 Manfred
1924 Spearfelt
1923 Frances Tressady
1922 Whittier
1921 Furious
1920 Salitros
1919 Richmond Main
1918 Eusebius
1917 Biplane
1916 Wolaroi
1915 Patrobas
1914 Carlita
1913 Beragoon
1912 Wolawa
1911 Wilari
1910 Beverage
1909 Prince Foote
1908 Alawa
1907 Mountain King
1906 Poseidon
1905 Lady Wallace
1904 Sylvanite
1903 F.J.A.
1902 Abundance
1901 Hautvilliers
1900 Maltster
1899 Merriwee
1898 Cocos
1897 Amberite
1896 Newhaven
1895 Wallace
1894 The Harvester
1893 Carnage
1892 Camoola
1891 Strathmore
1890 The Admiral
1889 Dreadnought
1888 Ensign
1887 The Australian Peer
1886 Trident
1885 Nordenfeldt
1884 Rufus
1883 Martini Henry
1882 Navigator
1881 Darebin
1880 Grand Flaneur
1879 Suwarrow
1878 Wellington
1877 Chester
1876 Briseis
1875 Robin Hood
1874 Melbourne
1873 Lapidist
1872 Loup Gaou
1871 Miss Jessie
1870 Florence
1869 Charon
1869 My Dream
1868 Fireworks
1867 Fireworks
1866 Sea Gull
1865 Angler
1864 Lantern
1863 Oriflamme
1862 Barwon
1861 Camden
1860 Flying Colours
1859 Buzzard
1858 Brownlock
1857 Tricolor
1856 Flying Doe
1855 Rose Of May

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