2011 Victoria Derby Race Preview & Announcement

December 1st, 2010

The 2011 Victoria Derby is set to light up the iconic Flemington Racecourse on Saturday October 29 as the marquee event at the first race meeting of the famous Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Worth over $1.5 million in prize money, the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) is considered the premier race for three-year-olds during the spring racing season in Australia and the 2011 Victoria Derby will be the 156th running of the event.

Victoria Derby Day marks the official start of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival and is the sole all-Group race day with highlights on the card including the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).

Scheduled to take place as Race 6 at Flemington on October 29, the 2011 Victoria Derby final field will feature a capacity of 16 starters.

Nominations for the 2011 Victoria Derby are released in late September and in 2010 there were 88 three-year-olds nominated for the Derby.

Approximately two weeks before the race, the first declarations for the Victoria Derby are taken and then the final field of acceptors will be announced on the Wednesday before race day, so October 26th 2011.

The best value 2011 Victoria Derby betting odds are found in the ante-post futures markets available at online bookmakers including Luxbet, so make sure at nomination time you check the early odds for your favourites.

Good lead-up races to the 2011 Victoria Derby that punters can use as a guide include the Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day that 2010 Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer placed second in, as well as earlier spring features such as the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day.

The best 2011 Victoria Derby betting tip is to open an account with Luxbet to get access to better odds and options than at the TAB, try them today!

Update: Keep up on current events with your Melbourne Cup odds on Races.com.au.