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Victoria Derby Betting Odds - Riff Rocket shades Apulia

Last updated: 30 Oct 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 30 Oct 2023
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  • The Victoria Derby is a Group 1 classic for three-year-olds
  • This major is run over 2500m at Flemington
  • The 2023 edition will be contested on Saturday, November 4
  • Market provided by Ladbrokes
Sunsets and Riff Rocket are set to clash again in the Victoria Derby. (Getty)

Although he lost as a $1.28 favourite last start via the Neds Classic, Riff Rocket has remained a firm favourite in the Victoria Derby markets with Ladbrokes, with $2.70 the quote for the market elect.

Before that narrow defeat at Caulfield, the Chris Waller-trained three-year-old recorded a brilliant 5.5-length win in the Super Impose Stakes and via that 1800m Listed affair, he took care of a similar field to what he'll face in the Victoria Derby, with second favourite Apulia ($4.20) beaten more than 7.5 lengths behind Riff Rocket in that Flemington clash.

Apulia was also 2.7 lengths away in fourth via the Neds Classic before backing up in the Moonee Valley Vase and winning that Group 2 by two lengths.

The second market elect is by Fiorente and out of a High Chapparal mare, so the 2500m should be fine on breeding.

The Busuttin & Young stable often have Victoria Derby contenders and their main chance in 2023 is Sunsets, who upset Riff Rocket to win the Neds Classic on October 21.

He has somewhat mixed his form over a long second campaign, with the son of Dundeel well beaten in the Super Impose Stakes before that latest triumph.

At $9, Sunsets shares the third line of betting with Verdad, who was well held in second as a drifting favourite in the Moonee Valley Vase.

While he's deep into his first prep, the Griffiths & de Kock-trained gelding brings arguably the best-exposed form, having just missed behind Griff in the Stutt Stakes before a forgivable run behind the same galloper when sixth in the Caulfield Guineas.

Victoria Derby 2023 Betting Odds

Riff Rocket$2.70
Cap Ferrat$11.00
Air Assault$21.00

Odds provided by Ladbrokes at 5.30pm on 30/10/2023.

Victoria Derby History

A large part of the fabric of Melbourne racing, the Victoria Derby was first run and won in 1855 by Rose Of May and the race has gone from strength to strength ever since. 

The immortal Phar Lap was a winner in 1929, as was Dulcify in 1978 and in more recent times Extra Brut took out the Derby before being sold to Hong Kong.

Worth $2 million, the Victoria Derby is the feature race on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which runs for four total race days over a week. 

These days the event doesn't draw the absolute cream of the crop like it previously did, but the huge prize money on offer will ensure the fields are competitive for years to come. 

Johnny Get Angry (2020), Hitotsu (2021) and Manzoice (2022) have won the last three editions of the Victoria Derby.

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