Victoria Derby

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Victoria Derby
Group 1 race
LUCRATIVE 1940 VRC DERBY MAURICE McCARTEN.JPG
Lucrative, 1940 winner Maurice McCarten up
Location Flemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated 1855
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Victoria Racing Club
Race information
Distance 2,500 metres (1.553 miles)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Colts & geldings: 55.5kg
Fillies 53kg
Purse A$1.5 million

The Victoria Derby is an Australian Thoroughbred horse race held annually on the first day of Melbourne's annual Melbourne Cup Carnival, Victorian Derby Day, held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. A Group One race for three-year-old horses, it is raced on a left-handed turf course at a distance of 2,500 metres (1.553 miles). It marks the beginning of Melbourne Cup Week with Victoria Derby Day traditionally held on the Saturday prior to Melbourne Cup Day, which is the first Tuesday in November every year. Total prize money for the race is A$1,500,000 and $10,000 trophy.

Originally run at a distance of 1 12 miles, in 1972 it was changed to 2,400 metres to conform to the metric system. However, the new distance brought potential danger from too short a run from the start to the first turn and as such it was changed again in 1973 to its present distance of 2,500 metres.

While the major focus of Victoria Derby Day is the stars of the turf (since it is the only race day in Australia where each and every race has Group Status), in recent years the annual 'Fashions on the Field' celebrations have shared the limelight. 'Derby Day' has become 'Men's day' in the Fashion Stakes, and every year increasing numbers of fashionable gentlemen competing for prizes and a spot in the social columns. Traditionally black and white are worn on this day by women and morning suits by men. The flower of the day is a blue cornflower. The idea of wearing a cornflower on Derby Day was introduced in 1962 by Mrs Sheelah Wood, wife of prominent VRC committeeman of the time, Mr Samuel Richard Creswick Wood[citation needed]. In 2006, a crowd of 129,089 broke the Flemington attendance record previously held by Melbourne Cup day 2003.

History[edit]

Fireworks, winner of two VRC Derbies, in 1867 and 1868.
Poseidon,1906 VRC Derby winner
Biplane,1917 winner B. Deeley up

First run in 1855, the first three editions were won by fillies but the last time a filly won was in 1923 when Frances Tressady claimed victory. In its history, only one horse has ever won the Victoria Derby more than once. Fireworks accomplished the feat, winning back-to-back runnings in November 1867 and again in 1868 after a change of the race date to New Year's Day. Between 1931 and 1956 geldings were not permitted to compete.

Three horses have won their first race with a win in the Victoria Derby. In 1883, the New Zealand-bred horse Martini Henry won the Victoria Derby at his first start. Fire Oak in 1990 and Redding in 1992 are the only other maidens to win the Victoria Derby.

In 2005 Clare Lindop became the first female jockey to ride in the Victoria Derby and became the first female to win in 2008. Gai Waterhouse became the first woman to train a winner when Nothin' Leica Dane won the 1995 running.

1933 Racebook[edit]

Records[edit]

Nuffield,1938 winner H.Badger up

Time record: (at current 2,500 metres distance)

  • 2:33.60 - Star Of The Realm (1991)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Fireworks (1867, 1868)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 8 - Bobbie Lewis (1900, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1921, 1927)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 8 - James Scobie : (1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1927, 1937)

Winners of the Victoria Derby since 1993[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2013 Polanski[1] Hugh Bowman R E Laing R G Warner, F Warner, et al 2:38.66
2012 Fiveandahalfstar[2] Damien Oliver Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd 2:35.92
2011 Sangster[3] Hugh Bowman Trent Busuttin K D Greenlees et al. 2:40.33
2010 Lion Tamer[4] Hugh Bowman Murray & Bjorn Baker P H P Bayly 2:46.43
2009 Monaco Consul[5] Corey Brown Michael Moroney G G Syndicate Ltd (Mgr: G Peterson) & O G Glenn 2:41.68
2008 Rebel Raider[6] Clare Lindop Leon Macdonald B H Perks, T J Robertson, R B Fairclough, Dr P C Goel et al. 2:36.90
2007 Kibbutz[7] Craig Williams David Hayes Terry Henderson syndicate et al. 2:40.92
2006 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson Lloyd J. Williams et al. 2:38.35
2005 Benicio Noel Callow Lee Freedman Freedman brothers et al. 2:37.08
2004 Plastered Paul Harvey Lindsay Smith Jenella Harvey et al. 2:35.49
2003 Elvstroem Damien Oliver Tony Vasil Elvstroem Syndicate 2:38.99
2002 Helenus Steven King Leon Corstens Joseph & Thecla Xipell 2:40.54
2001 Amalfi Damien Oliver Peter Moody Ron & Judy Wanless 2:34.63
2000 Hit The Roof Glen Boss David Hall Bob Scarborough 2:39.02
1999 Blackfriars Greg Childs Peter Hayes Robert Sangster 2:36.30
1998 Arena Larry Cassidy John Hawkes Jack Ingham 2:35.16
1997 Second Coming Greg Childs Michael Moroney Paul Moroney et al. 2:36.37
1996 Portland Player Greg Hall Lee Freedman David A. & Helen Hains 2:35.20
1995 Nothin' Leica Dane Shane Dye Gai Waterhouse Dalton Hodge Ecurie Syndicate 2:36.50
1994 Blevic Rod Griffiths David Hayes Robert Sangster 2:35.70
1993 Mahogany Greg Hall Lee Freedman Kerry Packer & M/M L. J. Williams 2:34.90

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 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 - Carmoola
  • 1891 - Strathmore
  • 1890 - The Admiral
  • 1889 - Dreadnaught
  • 1888 - Ensign
  • 1887 - The Australian Peer
  • 1886 - Trident
  • 1885 - Nordenfeldt
  • 1884 - Rufus
  • 1883 - Martini Henry
  • 1882 - Darebin
  • 1881 - Grand Flaneur
  • 1880 - Suwarrow
  • 1879 - Wellington
  • 1878 - Chester
  • 1877 - Briseis
  • 1876 - Robin Hood
  • 1875 - Melbourne
  • 1874 - Lapidist
  • 1873 - Loup Garou
  • 1872 - Miss Jessie
  • 1871 - Florence
  • 1870 - 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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