It’s every racing purists favourite race day on the calendar VRC Derby Day at Flemington! There are a grand total of 9 events on the first Saturday of the Melbourne Cup carnival annually, of which no less are run at Group 1 level. To support the four races at the elite level are 3x Group 3 level races & 2x Group 2 events. It’s a racing extravaganza!!!

The 4 group 1 races run on the card are;

  • $1,500,000 AAMI Victoria Derby (3 year olds – 2500m)
  • $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (3 year olds – 1200m)
  • $1,000,000 Longines Mackinnon Stakes (Open WFA – 2000m)
  • $500,000 Myer Classic (Fillies & Mares 3yo+ SW – 1600m)

Derby Day is also the very last opportunity for horses to qualify for the 2015 Melbourne Cup, with two passages through to the great race on offer. The traditional route is through the Mackinnon Stakes with the winner of the 2000m affair guaranteed a start in the following Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup. However this is option, despite producing countless Melbourne Cup winners, is seldom used in 2015. The other option to get into the final field of 24 for the Melbourne Cup is the Lexus Stakes. It is often viewed as the “very last chance” to gain a start in the great race, with the winner exempt from ballot & therefore guaranteed a Cup berth. It is hotly contested each year as usually all runners in the Lexus Stakes are looking for that 1 exemption into the Melbourne Cup, with their current rank in the Melbourne Cup ‘order of entry’ not good enough to see them gain a start in the Cup.

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Here are this year’s Derby Day tips;

RACE 1 – $200,000 Group 3 – Carbine Club Stakes

2015 Tip: #3 BASSETT

RACE 2 – $300,000 Group 2 – Wakeful Stakes:

2015 Tip: #1 MY POPPETTE

RACE 3 – $200,000 Group 3 – Guerva Stakes

2015 Tip: #3 DISPOSITION

RACE 4 – $500,000 Group 1 – Coolmore Stud Stakes

2015 Tip: #1 EXOSPHERE

RACE 5 – $300,000 Group 3 – Lexus Stakes

2015 Tip: #6 HAVANA COOLER

RACE 6 – $1,000,000 Group 1 – Mackinnon Stakes

2015 Tip: #9 MAGIC HURRICANE

RACE 7 – $1,500,000 Group 1 – VRC Derby

2015 Tip: #2 SHARDS

RACE 8 – $500,000 Group 1 – Myer Classic

2015 Tip: #1 ROYAL DESCENT

RACE 9 – $300,000 Group 2 – TAB.COM.AU Stakes

2015 Tip: #6 DELECTATION

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BEST BET: RACE 9 – 6 DELECTATION

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