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VICTORIA DERBY - FOUR FAST FACTS

VICTORIA DERBY - FOUR FAST FACTS

1. Just 5 favourites in the past 20 editions have been successful, the last was Tarzino in 2015.

2. Hugh Bowman has won 3 of the past 6 editions for 3 different trainers.

3. Preferment won this race in 2014 for Chris Waller and Damien Oliver as a maiden.

4. Just 3 winners in the past 20 years had their final lead-up run outside of Victoria.


Derby Day is the first of the four-day Victoria Racing Club Spring Carnival. The Victoria Derby itself is one of the oldest on the Australian racing calendar and was first held in 1855. The race was originally held over one and a half miles and after the metric system was introduced was set to the equivalent 2400m. The race was lengthened to the current 2500m following safety concerns with the distance to the first turn.

The race is held at set weights and is open to all three year olds. In 2016 colts & geldings carried 55.5kg and fillies carried 53.5kg. The race has always been held at Flemington and the first three editions were won by fillies, Rose Of May being the inaugural winner.

In 2017 total prize money on offer is $1.5 million with the winner to receive $900,000. The 2016 winner was the James Cummings trained Prized Icon, ridden by Glyn Schofield Other past winners of the race include Tarzino, Efficient, Elvstroem, Mahogany, Dulcify and Phar Lap.

Odds and previews are available for all the major Spring Racing Carnival races at UBET's Spring Racing Betting Hub.

2016 VICTORIA DERBY RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Race Time: TBC
Race Code: TBC
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2,500 metres
Race Type: 3YO under Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000
2016 Winner: Prized Icon
2016 Victoria Derby Results

RACE RESULTS
NO NAME RESULT ODDS
2 PRIZED ICON 1ST $18.00 (win)
1 SACRED ELIXIR 2ND $1.50 (pl)
6 INFERENCE 3RD $3.30 (pl)
10 SO SI BON 4TH -

2016 RACE ANALYSIS

- BY PUNTERS.COM.AU

Highlad can secure a nice drag across the field as Morvada might be ridden to find the lead here. Peter John and Captain Duffy have drawn to settle in the first five. The race favourite Sacred Elixir maps to settle about three-back on the fence.

Based on his good win in the G2 Vase it's hard to go past Sacred Elixir (1) in this. Lane had to wait for the gap and looked in trouble for a brief moment as he was absolutely bolting. When it presented inside the final 200m and he saw daylight he drove through to win impressively. In the Caulfield Guineas he was stirred up in the parade ring and probably run his race before he got to the barriers and turned in one of his worst runs. If he's relaxed on his way to the gates he's the one to beat (I'll wait before investing).

Highlad (12) looks a big price at $26. In the Norman Robinson (2000m) at Caulfield he was given absolutely no hope at all. He jumped well but was restrained to sit wide without cover and was then sent forward a long way out and was working when punching the breeze. At best the ride was a complete stinker. He is trained by one of the best in the business in preparing stayers and there is big improvement expected from him.

Swear (3) made Yankee Rose work hard to beat him in the G1 Spring Champion (2000m) last start and she is a subsequent Cox Plate placegetter. The rise to 2500m is a legitimate query but he's not alone in that regard as there is always a query with this race. One thing in his favour is that he relaxes pretty well and doesn't over-race.

Morvada (5) and So Si Bon (10) come out of the same race won by Sacred Elixir last Saturday. Morvada was very good leading, that went against the pattern on the and showed real fighting qualities late which bodes well for this rise in distance. So Si Bon enjoyed a better run in transit but was simply outsprinted in the straight. Bowman is a handy engagement.

Verdict: Sacred Elixir hardest to beat. Highlad the best roughie at $26.

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  1. 1   SACRED ELIXIR
  2. 12   HIGHLAD
  3. 3   SWEAR
  4. 5  MORVADA



VICTORIA DERBY TIPS & FORM

VICTORIA DERBY TIPS & FORM

SACRED ELIXIR

The big-striding New Zealand gelding has been targeting the Derby all campaign and rounded out his preparation in the Moonee Valley Vase over 2040m. After some concerns that he would not get around the tight-turning circuit, he proved he was right on track for a Derby tilt with a stylish win. Entering the home straight he loomed up looking to angle wider but was kept in a pocket and had to change his run. Balancing up he worked through a gap and really found the line the last 100m to take a half-length win. He should relish getting to the wide expanse of Flemington like he did when winning the G1 J J Atkins at Eagle Farm in the Winter. His price in the all-in market eased after a disappointing effort in the G1 Caulfield Guineas, touching as high as $8.50, but following his effort in the Vase it was... read more The big-striding New Zealand gelding has been targeting the Derby all campaign and rounded out his preparation in the Moonee Valley Vase over 2040m. After some concerns that he would not get around the tight-turning circuit, he proved he was right on track for a Derby tilt with a stylish win. Entering the home straight he loomed up looking to angle wider but was kept in a pocket and had to change his run. Balancing up he worked through a gap and really found the line the last 100m to take a half-length win. He should relish getting to the wide expanse of Flemington like he did when winning the G1 J J Atkins at Eagle Farm in the Winter. His price in the all-in market eased after a disappointing effort in the G1 Caulfield Guineas, touching as high as $8.50, but following his effort in the Vase it was slashed to $4.60 and has tumbled in since. read less

SO SI BON

Robbie Laing knows what it takes to train a Derby winner having prepared Polanski to take the prize in 2013. Polanski took a vastly different path than that of So Si Bon this year, however he has been showing good progress as he steps up in distance. Bred to get the trip he is by former champion 3YO So You Think and placed as a 2YO at his only appearance at Flemington. In the G3 Guineas prelude over 1400m he settled at the rear and was finishing powerfully in an ey-catching performance. In the G1 Guineas over 1600m he repeated his prelude effort when settling rearward and then swooping home late and really closing out the last 50m. He raced closer to the speed at Moonee Valley in the Vase when 3rd behind Sacred Elixir after attempting to keep the big New Zealander in a pocket and bumping at the... read more Robbie Laing knows what it takes to train a Derby winner having prepared Polanski to take the prize in 2013. Polanski took a vastly different path than that of So Si Bon this year, however he has been showing good progress as he steps up in distance. Bred to get the trip he is by former champion 3YO So You Think and placed as a 2YO at his only appearance at Flemington. In the G3 Guineas prelude over 1400m he settled at the rear and was finishing powerfully in an ey-catching performance. In the G1 Guineas over 1600m he repeated his prelude effort when settling rearward and then swooping home late and really closing out the last 50m. He raced closer to the speed at Moonee Valley in the Vase when 3rd behind Sacred Elixir after attempting to keep the big New Zealander in a pocket and bumping at the top of the straight. read less

ROCKETEER

Last start in the G3 Norman Robinson Stakes, Rocketeer was finishing strongly from well back in the pack and secured his fourth consecutive second placing. The Norman Robinson has historically been an important lead in to the Derby, with two of the past five winners having started in the 2000m Caulfield race, with Sangster finishing 2nd and Polanski securing the winning double. Trained by the 2015 winning trainer Mick Price, Rocketeer has started once at Flemington when finishing 2nd in the Listed UCI Stakes over 1800m behind Wine Bush, getting within a neck of the win after a heads-up, heads-down battle to the line. Mark Zahra has been booked for the ride, making it the fifth jockey to ride the gelding at his past five starts. Sitting at a $17 quote in the all-in market, his run in the Robinson saw his quote slashed to $5 before easing out following... read more Last start in the G3 Norman Robinson Stakes, Rocketeer was finishing strongly from well back in the pack and secured his fourth consecutive second placing. The Norman Robinson has historically been an important lead in to the Derby, with two of the past five winners having started in the 2000m Caulfield race, with Sangster finishing 2nd and Polanski securing the winning double. Trained by the 2015 winning trainer Mick Price, Rocketeer has started once at Flemington when finishing 2nd in the Listed UCI Stakes over 1800m behind Wine Bush, getting within a neck of the win after a heads-up, heads-down battle to the line. Mark Zahra has been booked for the ride, making it the fifth jockey to ride the gelding at his past five starts. Sitting at a $17 quote in the all-in market, his run in the Robinson saw his quote slashed to $5 before easing out following the performance of Sacred Elxir. read less



THE ROUGHIE TIP

THE ROUGHIE TIP

CAPTAIN DUFFY

Trained by Phillip Stokes, Captain Duffy has stepped up well each run this campaign and looks well placed to run the 2500m of the Derby. Taking on a 3YO handicap over 1600m at Caulfield he carried 58.5kg and felt the pinch in finishing 6th with the smart filly Harlow Gold taking the win and Rocketeer in 2nd. Next up in the Listed UCI he raced on the pace on a day when a strong wind was hitting the leaders in what could be an excuse run. His latest run came in the Listed Geelong Classic over 2200m, a race that has proven to be a good Derby guide with Preferment winning the Derby in 2014 following a 2nd in the Geelong Classic. Following the Geelong win, the all-in price was cut from $101 to $15 and once the final field was declared was on the 10th line of the market.



BARRIER DRAW 2016

BARRIER DRAW 2016

The 2500m start point of the VRC Derby takes place just near the clock-tower, which is approximately 200m from the finishing post. This can cause some horses to get edgy as this is right in front of the large crowd and grandstand. It is about 300m to the first turn which makes it a short run for runners hoping to find an early position. That gives horses drawn closer to the rail an advantage. The winner in 2015 jumped from gate 10, while 13 of the past 17 winners have jumped from single-digit gates.

The 2016 Victoria Derby Barrier Draw is available Wednesday 26 October 2016. UBET will have full details as soon as the draw is completed.

2016 VICTORIA DERBY BARRIER DRAW
BARRIER HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY WEIGHT
1 SACRED ELIXIR Tony Pike Zac Purton 55.5kg
2 CAPTAIN DUFFY Phillip Stokes Craig Newitt 55.5kg
3 PETER JOHN John Sargent Michael Walker 55.5kg
4 KENT John O'Shea James McDonald 55.5kg
5 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Glyn Schofield 55.5kg
6 HOLLYWOOD MO Paul Perry Stephen Baster 55.5kg
7 ZOFFMAN Aaron Purcell - 56.5kg
8 BEACH LIFE Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 55.5kg
9 ALL OUT OF LOVE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 55.5kg
10 SWEAR Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 55.5kg
11 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Hugh Bowman 55.5kg
12 MORVADA Peter Jolly Steven Arnold 55.5kg
13 SILVERA Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 55.5kg
14 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young - 55.5kg
15 HIGHLAD Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 55.5kg
16 SHINE TAK STAR John Sargent - 55.5kg
17 WINE BUSH Chris Waller Joao Moreira 55.5kg
18 TUMULTUOUS Chris Waller Ben Melham 55.5kg
19 ROCKETEER Mick Price Mark Zahra 55.5kg



JOCKEYS

JOCKEYS

Hugh Bowman has a good record in the Derby and has ridden the winner three of the past six editions.

Damien Oliver has five wins in the race, but will miss the 2016 running owing to suspension.

No other jockey’s that have rides in 2016 have had multiple successes in the race.



TRAINERS

TRAINERS

Since 1998, this race has been taken out by a different trainer every year. The most recent trainer to have multiple wins is Michael Moroney who won in 1997 with Second Coming and again in 2009 with Monaco Consul.

Trainers that have runners in 2016 and have had previous Derby success include Chris Waller, Mick Price, Robbie Laing and Murray Baker.



VIC DERBY FIELD & ODDS

VIC DERBY FIELD & ODDS