Victoria Derby Day

Each year the prestigious Melbourne Cup Carnival gets under way at Flemington with the 2015 Victoria Derby Day, one of the most celebrated and bet on thoroughbred meetings on the Australian horse racing calendar.

  • Date: Saturday 29th October 2016
  • Race Track: Flemington
  • Feature Event: $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m)
  • Flower of the Day: Blue Cornflower
  • Sponsor: AAMI

Taking place on the Saturday before the famous Melbourne Cup in late October or early November, Victoria Derby Day is known as the day for ‘racing purists’ as it is the nation’s sole race day where every event holds group status.

Nine premier Group races make up the Victoria Derby Day race card every year, providing punters with a mouth-watering range of elite betting opportunities.

The marquee race at the meeting is the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m).

The Victoria Derby is Australia’s leading race for three-year-olds and attracts a quality field of promising young champions each year well worth a punt on.

The top day of thoroughbred racing is highlighted by three other Group 1 races: the $1 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m).

Check out the Victoria Derby Day Race Schedule below for a full list of the elite races conducted at the meeting each year.

There is something for everyone at Victoria Derby Day. While the punters enjoy the racing action, fashionistas are treated to the elegance and style of the first Myer Fashions of the Field competition.

Victoria Derby Day is proceeded by the Melbourne Cup Day, Crown Oaks Day and finally Emirates Stakes Day completing the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.

2016 Victoria Derby Day Race Schedule

The 2016 Victoria Derby Day schedule is below.

  • 11:45am: Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) – $200,000
  • 12:20pm: Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) – $300,000
  • 1:00pm: Group 3 Sensis Stakes (1400m) – $200,000
  • 1:40pm: Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) – $300,000
  • 2:25pm: Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) – $500,000
  • 3:05pm: Group 1 Myer Classic (2000m) – $1,000,000
  • 3:50pm: Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) – $1,500,000
  • 4:35pm: Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) – $500,000
  • 5:20pm: Group 2 tab.com.au Stakes (1200m) – $300,000

All times listed are AEDT, Melbourne local time.