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The Melbourne Cup may be a single horse race, but it is also the centrepiece and highlight of the four-day Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.  The carnival starts with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, on Saturday the 3rd of November.  The first race for the day takes place at 11.20am, with the last event at 5.10pm.  Along with a full race card, Victoria Derby Day also includes various fashion events.

Victoria Derby Day is loved by racing purists, with a total of nine races taking place on the day.  Of these nine, four events are at the elite Group 1 level, including the Victoria Derby itself.  It is not all about the racing however, with final acceptances for the Melbourne Cup also listed directly after racing events finish on November 3.

There are a total of nine races held on Victoria Derby Day, ranging from 1200 metres to 2500 metres.

Victoria Derby Day is a traditionally event, something that is represented both in the racing and the fashion.  Black and white has been the prominent colour scheme for women, with many men choosing to wear a grey morning suit, peacock vest, and pin-stripe pants.  Myer Fashions on the Field also takes place during Victoria Derby Day at Flemington, with the following three events.

– Women’s Racewear – State Finals

– Women’s Racewear – Melbourne Cup Carnival

– Men’s Racewear

Derby day is a pivotal part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival with it being the firstday of Flemington week which ends the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. Derby day is argued to be the best single day of racing on the Australian racing calendar.

Derby day consists of a nine race card with all races on the day being a Group 3 or better including four Group 1 races. We have categorised this years races into the group level below.

Races on Derby day categorised by group level:

Group 1: Coolmore Stud Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes, Victoria Derby, Myer Classic.

Group 2: Wakeful Stakes, Yellowglen Stakes.

Group 3: TAB.com.au Stakes, Lexus Stakes, Carbine Club Stakes.

Derby day is headlined by the Group 1 Victoria Derby worth $1.5 million dollars hence where the name Derby day arose from, the day is usually the largest single attended race meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival although for Australia wide viewers it can not compare to the Melbourne Cup itself.

Last years Derby day winners:

Carbine Club Stakes: Galah

Lexus Stakes: Niwot

Wakeful Stakes: Atlantic Jewel

Coolmore Stud Stakes: Sepoy

Mackinnon Stakes: Glass Harmonium

Victoria Derby: Sangster

Myer Classic: Hurtle Myrtle

Salinger Stakes: Sister Madly

Tab.com.au Stakes: Woorim


Derby day 2012 Fields:

Race 1: Carbine Club Stakes

1TATRAPeter SnowdenKerrin McEvoy856kg
2PRONTO PRONTOJason WarrenBen Melham456kg
3PROVERBPeter SnowdenSteven Arnold156kg
4AL ANEEDMick PriceGlen Boss756kg
5LUNAR RISEBart CummingsHugh Bowman955kg
6CRYSTAL WEBMathew Ellerton & Simon ZahraCraig Williams655kg
7STEEPJohn P ThompsonMark Zahra555kg
8UNION GAPAnthony FreedmanJamie Mott1055kg
9RIGHT TO ROAMPat CareyLuke Nolen255kg
10REAL STOLLEJohn P ThompsonChristian Reith354.5kg

Race 2: Lexus Stakes

1GATEWOOD (GB)John GosdenGlen Boss358kg
2TANBYRobert HickmottHugh Bowman1358kg
3PERMIT (GB)Chris WallerCorey Brown1157.5kg
4KELINNI (IRE)Chris WallerNash Rawiller957kg
5IBICENCO (GER)Luca CumaniKerrin McEvoy256.5kg
6EXCLUDED (NZ)Robert HickmottCraig Williams1255.5kg
7REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)Gai WaterhouseVlad Duric555.5kg
8EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)Terry & Karina O’SullivanDean Yendall455kg
9DAME CLAIRE (NZ)Pat CareyPeter Mertens655kg
10FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE)David HayesMark Zahra155kg
11SABRAGEMichael MoroneyDamien Oliver755kg
12DARE TO DREAM (IRE)Bart CummingsJames McDonald1055kg
13PEAL OF BELLSGwenda MarkwellJim Cassidy855kg

 Race 3: Wakeful Stakes

1DEAR DEMIClarry ConnersJim Cassidy756.5kg
2MAMA’S CHOICEDavid HayesDamien Oliver955kg
3DONNA CATTIVA (NZ)Danny O’BrienBen Melham655kg
4ZYDECOAnthony FreedmanKerrin McEvoy1054kg
5TRANSONICJohn P ThompsonMark Zahra1254kg
6MARAATIBDavid HayesMichael Walker354kg
7TYANNARobbie GriffithsMichael Rodd454kg
8KATE (NZ)Wayne HillisJames McDonald854kg
9MADAM ARCHERRobbie GriffithsRyan Maloney154kg
10LA ZUMAMichael MoroneyCorey Brown254kg
11ZUCCOTTOGuy WalterHugh Bowman554kg
12TEN BLACKMatthew HylandLuke Nolen1154kg

Race 4: Coolmore Stud Stakes

1SIZZLINGKelso WoodChris Munce556.5kg
2HIDDEN WARRIORPaul PerryNicholas Hall856.5kg
3FIRE THUNDERBOLTPhillip StokesCraig Williams156.5kg
4SHELFORDJohn O’SheaJames McDonald756.5kg
5LANKAN RUPEEMick PriceCraig Newitt456.5kg
6SHAMEXPRESS (NZ)Danny O’BrienDamien Oliver1156.5kg
7STARS IN THE SKYLeon CorstensLuke Nolen1056.5kg
8KNIGHT EXEMPLARJohn O’SheaNash Rawiller656.5kg
9SNITZERLANDGerald RyanCorey Brown954.5kg
10JOLIE BAYMichael, Wayne & John HawkesMichael Rodd254.5kg
11NECHITAJohn P ThompsonChristian Reith354.5kg

Race 5: Longines Mackinnon Stakes

1WINCHESTER (USA)John SadlerJamie Mott359kg
2GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)Michael MoroneyDamien Oliver259kg
3ALCOPOPJake StephensCraig Williams559kg
4DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)Mark KavanaghMichael Rodd159kg
5PRAIRIE STAR (FR)Danny O’BrienBen Melham859kg
6BACK IN BLACK (NZ)John SteffertMichael Walker759kg
7OCEAN PARK (NZ)Gary HennessyGlen Boss458.5kg
8ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)Leon CorstensCraig Newitt658.5kg

Race 6: Victoria Derby

1IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)Murray BakerJames McDonald1055.5kg
2JIMANDOTony McEvoyMatthew Neilson655.5kg
3HONORIUSDavid PayneCorey Brown255.5kg
4SUPER COOLMark KavanaghMichael Rodd1155.5kg
5HVASSTANPeter GelagotisGlen Boss955.5kg
6FIVEANDAHALFSTARAnthony CummingsDamien Oliver555.5kg
7ESCADOMatt LaurieBen Melham1255.5kg
8ELECTRIC FUSIONRobert SmerdonNicholas Hall755.5kg
9SUBIASORobbie LaingSteven Arnold855.5kg
10BULLION EXPRESSDean BinaisseVlad Duric1655.5kg
11MALABAR MANMichael KentCraig Williams1555.5kg
12COSTA NOVAMathew Ellerton & Simon ZahraHugh Bowman1455.5kg
13OUR DESERT WARRIORGai WaterhouseNash Rawiller1355.5kg
14NISOSPaul RockeBilly Egan355.5kg
15RAWNAQDavid HayesMichael Walker455.5kg
16BATISTUTAAusty CoffeyDean Yendall155.5kg

Race 7: Myer Classic

1STREAMAGuy WalterHugh Bowman957kg
2SECRET ADMIRERGrahame BeggJames McDonald257kg
3YOSEIStuart WebbGlen Boss157kg
4RED TRACERChris WallerCorey Brown657kg
5SKYERUSHGuy WalterBlake Shinn1057kg
6PEAR TARTJohn P ThompsonChristian Reith857kg
7RASPBERRIESPeter SnowdenKerrin McEvoy757kg
8INVESTHeath ConnersPeter Mertens457kg
9SHANNARAPeter SnowdenJames Winks357kg
10OASIS BLOOMPeter Morgan & Craig WiddisonDamien Oliver557kg
11SOFT SANDColin LittleCraig Williams1257kg
12APPEARANCEGuy WalterMichael Rodd1357kg
13FULL OF SPIRITRoger JamesSteven Arnold1157kg

Race 8: Yellowglen Stakes

1TIGER TEES (NZ)Joseph PrideChristian Reith658.5kg
2GOLDEN ARCHERPeter G MoodyLuke Nolen758kg
3PAMPELONNETim MartinHugh Bowman858kg
4ROLLING PIN (NZ)Gwenda MarkwellCorey Brown958kg
5SPIRIT OF BOOMTony GollanNash Rawiller1157.5kg
6HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEMECon KarakatsanisBrenton Avdulla557kg
7OUTLANDISH LADDennis O’LearyGlen Boss1357kg
8CURTANAPeter G MoodyKerrin McEvoy1255.5kg
9MISS MARXDavid VandykeBlake Shinn254kg
10CHASMBrendan McCarthyNicholas Hall (late alt)454kg
11LATIN NEWSBryan DaisCraig Williams154kg
12BOLTON (NZ)Stephen BrownScott Hillebrand1054kg
13FONTELINAAnthony CummingsVlad Duric354kg

Race 9: TAB Stakes

1WALL STREET (NZ)Michael MoroneyJames McDonald359kg
2MID SUMMER MUSICPeter G MoodyLuke Nolen558kg
3BOLD GLANCENorm HiltonChris Munce457kg
4FAWKNERRobert HickmottNicholas Hall855.5kg
5FREE WHEELINGPeter SnowdenKerrin McEvoy754.5kg
6INSTINCTIONMick PriceGlen Boss654kg
7DUSTY STARPeter Morgan & Craig WiddisonDarren Gauci1054kg
8MCCLINTOCKMark de MontfortMs Lauri Wray954kg
9MORANTDamien WilliamsCraig Williams154kg
10RENEWED VITALITYJohn P ThompsonChristian Reith254kg
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