2013 Victoria Derby – Polanski Is The Winner

November 2nd, 2013

The $1.5 million Victoria Derby has been won by Polanski at Flemington Racecourse today November 2, 2013.

Complacent placed in second position, while Thunder Fantasy rounded out the first three in third.

Polanski was paying odds of $11 with Double The Odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to win the 2013 Victoria Derby.


Polanski winning the 2013 Victoria Derby. Picture by Steve Hart.

The three-year-old was just too strong for the 15 other runners in the race as he burst through the pack to win the race by three lengths.

Polanski was purchased for just $4,000 from the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale last April and has now won four of nine race starts and earned more than 1.17 million in prize money.

Polanski was ridden by Hugh Bowman, who claimed his third Victoria Derby since 2009 in today’s race.

“It’s my third Derby in four years,” Bowman said.

“I’d just like to give all the credit to (trainer) Robbie Laing.

“He couldn’t have turned this horse out any better.

“Of the three Derby winners, this guy’s the strongest.

“I didn’t know how far in front I was.

“At the 600 (metres) I just had so much horse. So I let him roll.”

Trainer Robbie Laing admitted he had been quietly confident all week about Polanski’s 2013 Victoria Derby chances.

“(It’s) an absolute fairytale,” Laing said.

“(There were) no great surprises with him.

“My last text to a couple of owners this morning was don’t worry too much, there’ll be a margin.

“I hope this is sort of the beginning of a new era with RE Laing Racing.

“He could go right on and be a good weight-for-age horse.”

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2013 Victoria Derby Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 POLANSKI Robbie Laing Hugh Bowman 1 55.5kg $5.50
2 2 COMPLACENT Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3L 14 55.5kg $7
3 13 THUNDER FANTASY Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 4.25L 7 55.5kg $31
4 1 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne Craig Williams 4.45L 12 55.5kg $11
5 10 TUPAC AMARU Peter Snowden Craig Newitt 6.45L 8 55.5kg $21
6 5 DRAGO Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver 6.55L 16 55.5kg $26
7 16 BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys Glen Boss 7.05L 10 55.5kg $21
8 7 HONEY STEEL’S GOLD David Hayes Luke Nolen 10.3L 2 55.5kg $71
9 14 SURGING WAVE David Hayes Nicholas Hall 10.4L 13 55.5kg $21
10 15 FAMECHON Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 12.4L 4 55.5kg $31
11 9 EPIC SAGA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 14.15L 15 55.5kg $51
12 6 SAN DIEGO Peter Snowden Steven Arnold 14.65L 6 55.5kg $8
13 11 PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ) John Sadler Nash Rawiller 20.65L 3 55.5kg $21
14 3 SAVVY NATURE (NZ) John O’Shea James McDonald 21.15L 11 55.5kg $4F
15 12 THROW THE KING John Sadler Thomas Sadler (a) 41.15L 5 55.5kg $101
16 8 TIPS AND BEERS David Hayes Brett Prebble 49.15L 9 55.5kg $41
18e EMPIRE ROCK David Hayes Daniel Moor 0
17e CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 0