Victoria Derby Day

Victoria Derby Day

Racing purists enjoy Victoria Derby Day because of it's all Group status racing line-up

The annual Melbourne Cup Carnival always kicks off with one of Australia’s elite days of racing, the AAMI Victoria Derby Day at Flemington racecourse.

Taking place on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby Day features a brilliant line-up of quality races and is Australia’s only all-Group race meeting.

Known as ‘a day for racing purists’, Derby Day is famous world-wide for being one of the most entertaining and intense days of thoroughbred racing.

The headline race is the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby, which is a testing 2500m race for three-year-olds at set weights.

Other highlights include the three other Group 1 races that accompany the Victoria Derby, the $1 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), the $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds, and the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) for fillies and mares.

Victoria Derby Day Fast Facts

Other Group Races

Prizemoney Status Race Name Distance Conditions
$250,000 Group 3 Inglis Carbine Club Stakes 1600m 3YO SW+P
$250,000 Group 3 The Lexus Stakes 2500m Qlty Hcp
$300,000 Group 2 Longines Wakeful Stakes 2000m 3YO F SWP
$500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200m 3YO SW
$1,000,000 Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes 2000m 3YO+ WFA
$500,000 Group 1 MYER Classic 1600m 3YO+ F&M WFA
$300,000 Group 2 Seppelt Salinger Stakes 1200m 3YO+ Hcp
$250,000 Group 3 Chatham Stakes 1400m 3YO+ Hcp
$150,000 Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes 1400m 3YO+ Hcp