Victoria Derby

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Victoria Derby
Group 1 race
LUCRATIVE 1940 VRC DERBY MAURICE McCARTEN.JPG
1940 winner – Lucrative with Maurice McCarten up
Location Flemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated 1855
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Sponsor AAMI (2015)
Website Victoria Racing Club
Race information
Distance 2,500 metres
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set weights
Colts & geldings: 5512kg
Fillies: 5312kg
Purse A$1,500,000 (2015)

The Victoria Derby is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds held under Set Weights conditions over a distance of 2,500 metres at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia scheduled annually on the first day of VRC Spring Carnival, Victoria Derby Day.[1] Total prize money for the race is A$1,500,000 and $10,000 trophy.

History[edit]

1938 winner – Nuffield with H.Badger up

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.[2]

1906 winner – Poseidon
1917 winner – Biplane with 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.[3] 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.[3] Between 1931 and 1956 geldings were not permitted to compete.[3]

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, Redding in 1992 and Preferment in 2014 are the only other maidens to win the Victoria Derby.[4]

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.[4]

Race distance[edit]

  • 1855–1971 - 112 miles (~2400 metres)
  • 1972 - 2400 metres
  • 1973 onwards - 2500 metres

Race grade[edit]

  • 1855–1978 - Principal Race
  • 1979 onwards - Group 1

Records[edit]

1867 and 1868 winner – Fireworks

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

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

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)

Social attraction[edit]

Blue Cornflower

While the major focus of Victoria Derby Day is the racing (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' held on the fourth and last day of the VRC Spring Carnival celebrations have shared the limelight.[5] 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.[6] Traditionally black and white are worn on this day by women and morning suits by men.[7] 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. [8]

The winners[edit]

  • 2015 - Tarzino [9]
  • 2014 - Preferment [10]
  • 2013 - Polanski [11]
  • 2012 - Fiveandahalfstar [12]
  • 2011 - Sangster [13]
  • 2010 - Lion Tamer [14]
  • 2009 - Monaco Consul [15]
  • 2008 - Rebel Raider [16]
  • 2007 - Kibbutz [17]
  • 2006 - Efficient [18]
  • 2005 - Benicio [19]
  • 2004 - Plastered [20]
  • 2003 - Elvstroem [21]
  • 2002 - Helenus [22]
  • 2001 - Amalfi [23]
  • 2000 - Hit The Roof [24]
  • 1999 - Blackfriars [25]
  • 1998 - Arena [26]
  • 1997 - Second Coming [27]
  • 1996 - Portland Player [28]
  • 1995 - Nothin' Leica Dane [29]
  • 1994 - Blevic [30]
  • 1993 - Mahogany [31]
  • 1992 - Redding [32]
  • 1991 - Star Of The Realm [33]
  • 1990 - Fire Oak [34]
  • 1989 - Stylish Century [35]
  • 1988 - King's High [36]
  • 1987 - Omnicorp [37]
  • 1986 - Raveneaux [38]
  • 1985 - Handy Proverb [39]
  • 1984 - Red Anchor [40]
  • 1983 - Bounty Hawk [41]
  • 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 [42]
  • 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 [43]
  • 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

1933 Racebook[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winners and Past Results for the Victoria Derby". Pro Group Racing Australia. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Victoria Derby". Australian Racing Report. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Victoria Derby History". Ladbrokes. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Victoria Derby Records". Ladbrokes. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field". Victoria Racing Club. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Men's Racewear - Melbourne Cup Carnival". Victoria Racing Club. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "AAMI Victoria Derby Day". Victoria Racing Club. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Victoria Derby Cup". Horse Racing Today (Australia). 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "2015 Result – Aami Victoria Derby (held 31 October 2015)". breednet.com. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "2014 Result – Aami Victoria Derby (held 1 November 2014)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "2013 Result – Aami Victoria Derby (held 2 November 2013)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "2012 Result – Aami Victoria Derby (held 3 November 2012)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "2011 Result – Aami Victoria Derby (held 29 October 2011)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "2010 Result – A A M I Victoria Derby (held 30 October 2010)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "2009 Result – Aami Victoria Derby (held 31 October 2009)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "2008 Result – A A M I Victoria Derby (held 1 November 2008)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "2007 Result – Victoria Derby (held 3 November 2007)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "2006 Result – Victoria Derby (held 4 November 2006)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "2005 Result – Victoria Derby (held 29 October 2005)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "2004 Result – Victoria Derby (held 30 October 2004)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "2003 Result – Victoria Derby (held 1 November 2003)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "2002 Result – Victoria Derby (held 2 November 2002)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "2001 Result – Victoria Derby (held 3 November 2001)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "2000 Result – Victoria Derby (held 4 November 2000)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  25. ^ "1999 Result – Victoria Derby (held 30 October 1999)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  26. ^ "1998 Result – Victoria Derby (held 31 October 1998)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  27. ^ "1997 Result – Victoria Derby (held 1 November 1997)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  28. ^ "1996 Result – Victoria Derby (held 2 November 1996)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  29. ^ "1995 Result – Victoria Derby (held 4 November 1995)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  30. ^ "1994 Result – Victoria Derby (held 29 October 1994)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  31. ^ "1993 Result – Victoria Derby (held 30 October 1993)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  32. ^ "1992 Result – Victoria Derby (held 31 October 1992)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  33. ^ "1991 Result – Victoria Derby (held 2 November 1991)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  34. ^ "1990 Result – Victoria Derby (held 3 November 1990)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  35. ^ "1989 Result – Victoria Derby (held 4 November 1989)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  36. ^ "1988 Result – Victoria Derby (held 29 October 1988)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  37. ^ "1987 Result – Victoria Derby (held 31 October 1987)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  38. ^ "1986 Result – Victoria Derby (held 1 November 1986)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  39. ^ "1985 Result – Victoria Derby (held 2 November 1985)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  40. ^ "1984 Result – Victoria Derby (held 3 November 1984)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  41. ^ "1983 Result – Victoria Derby (held 29 October 1983)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  42. ^ "Flemington Results – Vic Derby (held 4 November 1972)". News (Google) (The Sydney Morning Herald). 5 November 1972. p. 78 col 3–6. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  43. ^ "Nuffield Takes V.R.C. Derby And Pulls - Race Results section Victoria Derby (held 29 October 1938)". The Barrier Miner (Trove Digitised newspapers and more). 29 October 1938. p. 1 col. 1–4. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 

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