AAMI Victoria Derby

The AAMI Victoria Derby is the premier Group 1 staying race for three-year-old gallopers during the Melbourne spring racing carnival and takes place at Flemington, three days before Australia’s greatest race, the Melbourne Cup, which is held on the following Tuesday.

The 2016 AAMI Victoria Derby will take place on Saturday 29th October 2016 at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.

Australia’s best colts & geldings, and any outstanding fillies up to the challenge, will line-up for the AAMI Victoria Derby during Melbourne Cup week in the hope of adding a Blue Riband race to their resume.

The Victoria Derby offers more than $1.5 Million in prizemoney and the three-year-old classic is raced over a distance of 2500 metres at level weights.

Any trainers or owners with spring three-year-olds that have staying ability will aspire to win this most prestigious race.

2016 Victoria Derby Race Details

Date Saturday 29th October 2016
Track: Flemington racecourse
Distance: 2500 metres
Purse: $1,500,000
Status: Group 1
Conditions: 3yo Open – Set Weights

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Derby Day Feature Races

Derby Day is the first day of the magnificent four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington and boasts an impressive nine group races on the card, including three other Group 1 races alongside the Derby.

Group 1 Races on Victoria Derby Day

  • AAMI Victoria Derby
  • Longine Stakes
  • Coolmore Stud Stakes
  • Myer Classic

The Victoria Turf Club (VRC) host racing at Flemington race track and the AAMI Victoria Derby is the feature race on the first day of the exciting four-day Flemington spring racing carnival.

Two days later the Melbourne Cup (Tuesday) takes centre stage before the Crown Oaks (Thursday) and Emirates Stakes (Saturday) round out the carnival.

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The $2.5Million Caulfield Cup and $3Million WS Cox Plate are also highly regarded feature races held during the spring carnival and they both take place on the two previous Saturdays leading up to Derby Day.

2016 Victoria Derby Day race times

The 2015 AAMI Derby is expected to run as Race 6 on the card and competitors will most likely jump from the barriers at around 3.00pm AEST Melbourne time at Flemington racecourse on Saturday 31st October 2015, three days before Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3rd November 2015.

Race # Time Status Race name Distance
Race 1 11.30am Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes  1600m
Race 2 12.10pm Group 2 Wakeful Stakes  2500m
Race 3 12.50pm Group 3 Chatham Stakes  1400m
Race 4 1.30pm Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes  1200m
Race 5 2.15pm Group 3 The Lexus Stakes  2500m
Race 6 3.00pm Group 1 Longine Mile 1600m
Race 7 3.45pm Group 1 2016 Victoria Derby 2500m
Race 8 4.30pm Group 1 Myer Classic  1600m
Race 9 5.10pm Group 2 Salinger Stakes  1200m

Feature race previews courtesy of premier horse racing website Horse Racing Info.

2015 Derby Day attracted 85,943 racegoers to Flemington racecourse to witness Tarzino winning the 2015 AAMI Victoria Derby from Etymology and Kia Ora Koutou.

AAMI Victoria Derby History

First run in 1855, the Victoria Derby is one of the oldest classic races in this country and oddly enough, fillies won the first three editions of the race. In recent times the race has been dominated by males with Frances Tressady the last filly to win the event way back in 1923.

The Derby has been kind to maiden gallopers on the odd occasion with Martini Henry (1883), Fire Oak (1990) and Redding (1992) all going into the Derby as maidens before tasting unlikely success.

Clare Lindop became the first female jockey to win a Victoria Derby as a jockey when she rode Rebel Raider to victory in 2008 beating the hotpot Whobegotyou into second place while in 1995, highly successful trainer Gai Waterhouse became the first woman to train a Derby winner when star galloper Nothin’ Leica Dane was victorious.

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