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Racing Round Up - Recap of all the news and results from a massive day of racing at Flemington on Derby Day

Adam Cusworth in News 3 Nov 2018
Round up of all the news and results from Flemington on Saturday November 3

It was Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday November 3 with all nine races on the programme Group class affairs, including four at the highest level. 

Here is our round up of the day. 

Extra Brut takes out the Victoria Derby (2500m)

The headline act of the first of four days of Flemington is the Victoria Derby and this year's field assembled the best three-year-old stayers around Australia. 

A lot of the pre race talk centred around the favourite in the race, Thinkin' Big, and whether or not the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained galloper could score in the classic for the three-year-olds and advance to the Melbourne Cup (3200m). 

The $2.90 favourite in the $2 million affair camped just off the speed but when the heat was on he couldn't let down, opening up the race for the likes of Extra Brut and the last start Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) winner, Stars Of Carrum. 

Extra Brut was able to hold on at the end of the 2500m stamina test for the youngsters to hold out his stablemate, Stars Of Carrum, while Chapada ran 3rd. 

Sunlight, Shillelagh and Best Of Days the big winners. 

The first of the Group One races went the way of Sunlight, who held off the colts and geldings in the lucrative Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m). The sole filly in the race, Sunlight stalked the pace that was set boy Written By before kicking clear and holding off the Chris Waller duo of Zousain and Lean Mean Machine. 

In what was a bit of a twist, the trifecta horses were all sired by Zoustar, who claimed the same race in 2013. 

In the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) for the fillies and mares, it was another Group One win for Waller after Shillelagh scored from Bring Me Roses. Shillelagh claimed the Kennedy Mile on this day last year and has now won three times at the highest level. 

In this year's edition of the Kennedy Mile (1600m) it was Best Of Days that was able to burst up the inside and take out the $1 million affair ahead of Le Romain and Peaceful State, making it three winners on the day for James Cummings. 

Earlier, A Prince Of Arran took out the Hotham Handicap (2500m), guaranteeing him a place in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) field. Osborne Bulls rattled home to take out the TAB Stakes (1200m), while Aristia took out the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) for the three-year-old fillies. Ranier and Divine Quality were the other winners on the day. 

Looking Ahead

Racing returns to Flemington on Tuesday November 6 for the running of the Melbourne Cup (3200m) and the race that stops the nation shapes as another beauty. 

Group One action continues on Thursday for the Kennedy Oaks (2500m), while on Saturday November 10 it is the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and the Darley Classic (1200m) that close out the annual carnival at headquarters. 

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