Each year the prestigious Melbourne Cup Carnival gets underway at Flemington with Victoria Derby Day, one of the most celebrated and bet on thoroughbred meetings on the Australian horse racing calendar.
- Date: Saturday 3 November 2012
- Race Track: Flemington
- Feature Event: $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m)
- Flower of the Day: Blue Cornflower
- Sponsor: AAMI Insurance
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.
2012 Victoria Derby Day Race Schedule
|1||11:20am||Inglis Carbine Club Stakes||Group 3||$250,000||3yo SWP||1600m|
|2||12:00pm||Lexus Stakes||Group 3||$250,000||Qlty||2500m|
|3||12:40pm||Wakeful Stakes||Group 2||$300,000||3yo Fillies SWP||2000m|
|4||1:20pm||Coolmore Stud Stakes||Group 1||$500,000||3yo SW||1200m|
|5||2:15pm||Longines Mackinnon Stakes||Group 1||$1,000,000||WFA||2000m|
|6||3:00pm||AAMI Victoria Derby||Group 1||$1,500,000||3yo SW||2500m|
|7||3:45pm||Myer Classic||Group 1||$500,000||3yo & Up WFA||1600m|
|8||4:30pm||Yellowglen Stakes||Group 2||$300,000||Handicap||1200m|
|9||5:10pm||TAB.com.au Stakes||Group 3||$250,000||Handicap||1400m|