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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2016 Victoria Derby. The race will take place on Saturday, 29 October, 2016, and will headline the Derby Day at Flemington.

Some of the world's best three-year-old will clash in a battle of the stayers.

We provide you with Victoria Derby tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream of the race unfold.

VICTORIA DERBY TIPS

Looking for the winner of the Victoria Derby can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.  

Our experts assess all the Victoria Derby runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2016 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2016 Victoria Derby tips and selections ahead of the big race.

VICTORIA DERBY ODDS

Leading bookmakers CrownBet and Ladbrokes have the latest 2016 Victoria Derby betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

VICTORIA DERBY LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Victoria Derby (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2016 Victoria Derby live, see our guide to watch the race.

VICTORIA DERBY FREE BETS

The Victoria Derby features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

VICTORIA DERBY HISTORY

The Victoria Derby is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds held on day one of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

It is run at set weights over 2500 metres at Flemington Racecourse and carries prizemoney of $1.5 million.

It is by far the most prestigious event for up and coming three-year-old stayers on the Australian racing calendar which constantly attracts the best young horses in the country. 

The history of the Victoria Derby goes back further than the Melbourne Cup itself having been run for the first time in 1855.

The race is open to both sexes, however, in recent years the fillies have mostly concentrated on racing against their own sex in the Group 1 Crown Oaks, run on day three of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

Ironically though, the first three Derbies were won by fillies, Rose of Mary (1855), Flying Doe (1856) and Tricolor (1857). However, the last filly to win the race was Frances Tressady in 1923.

The race was traditionally run over 2400 metres, however, in 1973 it was extended 100 metres to 2500m to allow all runners a longer run to the first turn after many years of major interference had occurred and been unavoidable with horses attempting to secure a favourable position.

The Derby has been won by some of the turf’s most outstanding gallopers, including recent winners Tarzino (2015), Preferment (2014), Monaco Consul (2009) and Elvstroem (2003). Plus champions of the past made names for themselves as winners including Nothin’ Leica Dane (1995), Mahogany (1993), Red Anchor (1984), Dulcify (1978), Tobin Bronze (1968) and the legendary Phar Lap in 1929.

History also shows that it isn’t always an experienced campaigner that wins the Derby with three maidens having celebrated victory. Martini Henry was the first to complete the feat in 1883. It would be more than century, however, before it was repeated when Fire Oak (1990) made the trip from Sydney to ensure his first ever win would be the Derby. This would be done again just two years later by Redding in 1992.

The future of Derby runners can be very unclear, with some going on to become weight-for-age specialists while others target the handicap challenges for stayers. Others are retired to begin a stud career. 

A select few Derby winners have gone on to celebrate victory in the Melbourne Cup. The last of those was Efficient, who won the Derby in 2006 and the Melbourne Cup the following year. The great Phar Lap achieved the same feat.

The last three-year-old to win the Derby–Melbourne Cup double in the same year was Skipton in 1941. Since then, only one horse has come close when Nothin’ Leica Dane won the Derby in 1995 and finished a close second to Doriemus in the Cup, three days later.

The most successful jockey in Derby history is the famous Bobby Lewis who rode no less than eight winners over a 27-year period from 1900 to 1927. 

The first female jockey to ride the Derby winner was Adelaide-based Clare Lindop who rode Rebel Raider to victory in 2008. 

The trainer with the most Derby successes is James Scobie who boasts eight victories in the Group 1 event. His winners span over 37 years from Maltster in 1900 to his last winner Hua in 1937.

Gai Waterhouse was the first woman trainer to collect the trophy in 1995 with Nothin’ Leica Dane.

Victoria Derby Winners (Since 2000)

2000Hit The Roof
2001Amalfi
2002Helenus
2003Elvstroem
2004Plastered
2005Benicio
2006Efficient
2007Kibbutz
2008Rebel Raider
2009Monaco Consul
2010Lion Tamer
2011Sangster
2012Fiveandahalfstar
2013Polanski
2014Preferment
2015Tarzino

FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.

FLEMINGTON TRACK DESCRIPTION

Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 
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