Feature Races on Australian Horse Racing Calendar

The Victoria Derby is a Group 1 horse race run at Flemington Racecourse over 2500 metres for 3 year olds under Set Weights conditions.

Many Derby winners have gone on to success in the Melbourne Cup including LANTERN (1864), BRISEIS (1876). CHESTER (1877). GRAND FLANEUR (1880). NEWHAVEN (1896), MERRIWEE (1899). POSEIDON (1906) won 19 races including the AJC Derby and two Caulfield Cups (1906,07), PRINCE FOOTE (1909), PATROBAS (1915), TRIVALVE (1927). PHAR LAP (1929), HALL MARK (1933), SKIPTON (1941), COMIC COURT (1948). DELTA (1949) and EFFICIENT (2006).

Other notable winners include filly ROSE OF MAY (1855), who won the first running.

Due to a change in the programming date FIREWORKS (1867, 68) created a record unlikely to be matched by winning the Victoria Derby twice.

Also doubtful to be equalled is New Zealander MARTINI-HENRY (1883), who won the Victoria Derby on debut and the Melbourne Cup at his second start three days later.

WALLACE (1895) was the best-performed Australian son of Carbine and a leading stallion; FRANCES TRESSADY (1923) took out the Victoria Derby—VRC Oaks double; HYDROGEN (1951); SAILOR’S GUIDE (1955) had 18 wins including the Sydney Cup (1956) and the Washington DC International, where he defeated Arc winner Bally- moss; TULLOCH (1957): SKY HIGH (1960); and CRAFTSMAN (1963).

TOBIN BRONZE (1965) was a dual Cox Plate winner (1966,67) and also won the CF Orr Stakes, Doncaster Hep, All Aged Stakes, Toorak Hep and the Caulfield Cup in 1967 among his 28 race wins; DULCIFY (1978): BIG PRINT (1979) caused a boil over when he defeated Kingston Town; SOVEREIGN RED (1980); GROSVENOR (1982): RED ANCHOR (1984) swept the Caulfield Guineas,

Cox Plate and the Derby; MAHOGANY (1993); ELVSTROEM (2003) won the Caulfield Cup (2004) and the Dubai Duty Free (2005); and Clare Lindop became the first female rider to win on REBEL RAIDER (2008).

Recent Winners of the Victoria Derby Flemington

2017 Ace High Tye Angland David Payne Sully Astoria
2016 Prized Icon Glyn Schofield James Cummings Sacred Elixir Inference
2015 Tarzino Craig Newitt Mick Price Etymology Kia Ora Koutou
2014 Preferment Damien Oliver > Chris Waller Bondeiger Nozomi
2013 Polanski Hugh Bowman Robbie Laing Complacent Thunder Fantasy
2012 Fiveandahalfstar Damien Oliver Anthony Cummings SuperCool Rawnaq
2011 Sangster Hugh Bowman Trent Busuttin Induna Sabrage
2010 Lion Tamer Hugh Bowman Murray & Bjorn Baker Praecido Retrieve
2009 Monaco Consul Corey Brown Michael Moroney Extra Zero Viking Legend
2008 Rebel Raider Clare Lindop Leon Macdonald Whobegotyou Pre Eminence
2007 Kibbutz Craig Williams David Hayes Littorio Marching
2006 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson Gorky Park Teranaba
2005 Benicio Noel Callow Lee Freedman Duelled Headturner
2004 Plastered Paul Harvey Lindsey Smith Savabeel Count Ricardo
2003 Elvstroem Damien Oliver Tony Vasil Kempinsky Our Bahare
2002 Helenus Steven King LeonCorstens Hydrometer Aint There
2001 Amalfi Damien Oliver Peter Moody Zarek Pentastic
2000 Hit The Roof Glen Boss David Hall Universal Prince Falls The Shadow
1999 Blackfriars Greg Childs Peter C Hayes Shogun Lodge Diatribe
1998 Arena Larry Cassidy John Hawkes Sky Heights Lawyer
1997 Second Coming Greg Childs Michael Moroney Tie The Knot Kalastaire
1996 Portland Player Greg Hall Lee Freedman Alfa Ebony Grosve