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2020 Victoria Derby Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • Justin Darcy outlines some of the chances in this years Victoria Derby futures market
  • Can Cherry Tortoni keep improving?
  • Is Alcyone the true stayer?
Victoria Derby Tips
Warning was the winner of the 2019 Victoria Derby (Getty Images)

Victoria Derby Information

  • DateSat 31 Oct, 2020
  • Race Time04:40
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance2500 metres
  • Conditions3yo - Set Weights
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$2,000,000
The Victoria Derby is the crowning event for the staying 3YO's on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Run over 2500m, the horses with the miles in the legs, and either coming through the Norman Robinson or the Spring Champion Stakes feature prominently.

This year, Aclyone and Cherry Tortoni look the natural stayers but we are sure to ave yet seen other staying progeny at the races yet.

2020 Victoria Derby Betting Odds

Cherry Tortoni$11
King's Legacy$11
Johnny Get Angry$15
Odds are provided by Sportsbet and are correct as of 5/8/20 - 1.32pm

2020 Victoria Derby Tips

Victoria Derby 2020 Best Bet - Cherry Tortoni

This is the benchmark 2YO of the winter and will look to improve again as a 3YO.

He was the winner of the Gibson Carmichael Final at Flemington over a mile in July, where he beat Alcyone and Johnny Get Angry, with these three all looking nice staying prospects.

What punters like about him is that he has a turn of foot for a stayer, a breed who generally are just grinders, this bloke can potentially real off a sub 23 last 400m over a longer trip based on his three wins last prep.

If he can step up in trip during the prep and keep improving, he is a live chance to claim the Group One.

Victoria Derby 2020 Next Best Bet - Alcyone

Again, this horse is like Cherry Tortoni who is a benchmark for the 3YO stayers, except this bloke continued his prep until he won over 1800m at his next start at Flemington, automatically qualifying him for the Derby.

A natural stayer, he toughed it out with a big weight and he is one that will improve into his 3YO year.

He does look over the odds considering his runs around Cherry Tortoni were just as good, but that horse still has both wins over him.

Unless something goes amiss in the prep, it is hard not to see this horse as a major player come the Derby if he continues to improve.

Victoria Derby Roughie - Let's Karaka Deel

It was an eye-catching debut from this son of Dundeel who rocketed home at Bendigo to just miss in July.

He was beaten by a smart staying prospect who lead all the way.

He ran the final 400m in 23.46 and the final 200m in 11.86, the final split being the second fastest of the entire meeting.

His breeding suggests he will improve lengths when up the mile and over further as he progresses.

As a horse that is untested at city level, he is well over the odds for a horse who could run sub 12 seconds as a stayer over 1400m, at their first start.

Victoria Derby FAQ

What date is the 2020 Victoria Derby?

The 2020 Victoria Derby is scheduled to run on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Flemington.

What time is the 2020 Victoria Derby?

The Victoria Derby generally starts at around 4pm.

How can I live stream the 2020 Victoria Derby?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Victoria Derby and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2019 Victoria Derby?

Warning won the 2019 Victoria Derby.

What distance is the Victoria Derby?

The Victoria Derby is run over a distance of 2500 metres.

What's the best bet in the 2020 Victoria Derby?

We're with Cherry Tortoni as the best bet in the 2020 Victoria Derby.


We are very happy to take our roughie in this race based on the current quote of $61
Roughie: Let's Karaka Deel To Win @61.00 at Sportsbet - 3 Units

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