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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

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 TATRA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 56kg
2 PRONTO PRONTO Jason Warren Ben Melham 4 56kg
3 PROVERB Peter Snowden Steven Arnold 1 56kg
4 AL ANEED Mick Price Glen Boss 7 56kg
5 LUNAR RISE Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman 9 55kg
6 CRYSTAL WEB Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Craig Williams 6 55kg
7 STEEP John P Thompson Mark Zahra 5 55kg
8 UNION GAP Anthony Freedman Jamie Mott 10 55kg
9 RIGHT TO ROAM Pat Carey Luke Nolen 2 55kg
10 REAL STOLLE John P Thompson Christian Reith 3 54.5kg

Race 2: Lexus Stakes

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden Glen Boss 3 58kg
2 TANBY Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 13 58kg
3 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller Corey Brown 11 57.5kg
4 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 9 57kg
5 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani Kerrin McEvoy 2 56.5kg
6 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 12 55.5kg
7 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Vlad Duric 5 55.5kg
8 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Dean Yendall 4 55kg
9 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey Peter Mertens 6 55kg
10 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) David Hayes Mark Zahra 1 55kg
11 SABRAGE Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 7 55kg
12 DARE TO DREAM (IRE) Bart Cummings James McDonald 10 55kg
13 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell Jim Cassidy 8 55kg

 Race 3: Wakeful Stakes

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 7 56.5kg
2 MAMA’S CHOICE David Hayes Damien Oliver 9 55kg
3 DONNA CATTIVA (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 6 55kg
4 ZYDECO Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 10 54kg
5 TRANSONIC John P Thompson Mark Zahra 12 54kg
6 MARAATIB David Hayes Michael Walker 3 54kg
7 TYANNA Robbie Griffiths Michael Rodd 4 54kg
8 KATE (NZ) Wayne Hillis James McDonald 8 54kg
9 MADAM ARCHER Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 1 54kg
10 LA ZUMA Michael Moroney Corey Brown 2 54kg
11 ZUCCOTTO Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 5 54kg
12 TEN BLACK Matthew Hyland Luke Nolen 11 54kg

Race 4: Coolmore Stud Stakes

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 SIZZLING Kelso Wood Chris Munce 5 56.5kg
2 HIDDEN WARRIOR Paul Perry Nicholas Hall 8 56.5kg
3 FIRE THUNDERBOLT Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 1 56.5kg
4 SHELFORD John O’Shea James McDonald 7 56.5kg
5 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price Craig Newitt 4 56.5kg
6 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 11 56.5kg
7 STARS IN THE SKY Leon Corstens Luke Nolen 10 56.5kg
8 KNIGHT EXEMPLAR John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 6 56.5kg
9 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 9 54.5kg
10 JOLIE BAY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 2 54.5kg
11 NECHITA John P Thompson Christian Reith 3 54.5kg

Race 5: Longines Mackinnon Stakes

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler Jamie Mott 3 59kg
2 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 2 59kg
3 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens Craig Williams 5 59kg
4 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 1 59kg
5 PRAIRIE STAR (FR) Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 8 59kg
6 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert Michael Walker 7 59kg
7 OCEAN PARK (NZ) Gary Hennessy Glen Boss 4 58.5kg
8 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens Craig Newitt 6 58.5kg

Race 6: Victoria Derby

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker James McDonald 10 55.5kg
2 JIMANDO Tony McEvoy Matthew Neilson 6 55.5kg
3 HONORIUS David Payne Corey Brown 2 55.5kg
4 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 11 55.5kg
5 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis Glen Boss 9 55.5kg
6 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver 5 55.5kg
7 ESCADO Matt Laurie Ben Melham 12 55.5kg
8 ELECTRIC FUSION Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 7 55.5kg
9 SUBIASO Robbie Laing Steven Arnold 8 55.5kg
10 BULLION EXPRESS Dean Binaisse Vlad Duric 16 55.5kg
11 MALABAR MAN Michael Kent Craig Williams 15 55.5kg
12 COSTA NOVA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Hugh Bowman 14 55.5kg
13 OUR DESERT WARRIOR Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 13 55.5kg
14 NISOS Paul Rocke Billy Egan 3 55.5kg
15 RAWNAQ David Hayes Michael Walker 4 55.5kg
16 BATISTUTA Austy Coffey Dean Yendall 1 55.5kg

Race 7: Myer Classic

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 9 57kg
2 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg James McDonald 2 57kg
3 YOSEI Stuart Webb Glen Boss 1 57kg
4 RED TRACER Chris Waller Corey Brown 6 57kg
5 SKYERUSH Guy Walter Blake Shinn 10 57kg
6 PEAR TART John P Thompson Christian Reith 8 57kg
7 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 57kg
8 INVEST Heath Conners Peter Mertens 4 57kg
9 SHANNARA Peter Snowden James Winks 3 57kg
10 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Damien Oliver 5 57kg
11 SOFT SAND Colin Little Craig Williams 12 57kg
12 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Michael Rodd 13 57kg
13 FULL OF SPIRIT Roger James Steven Arnold 11 57kg

Race 8: Yellowglen Stakes

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride Christian Reith 6 58.5kg
2 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 7 58kg
3 PAMPELONNE Tim Martin Hugh Bowman 8 58kg
4 ROLLING PIN (NZ) Gwenda Markwell Corey Brown 9 58kg
5 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan Nash Rawiller 11 57.5kg
6 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Con Karakatsanis Brenton Avdulla 5 57kg
7 OUTLANDISH LAD Dennis O’Leary Glen Boss 13 57kg
8 CURTANA Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 12 55.5kg
9 MISS MARX David Vandyke Blake Shinn 2 54kg
10 CHASM Brendan McCarthy Nicholas Hall (late alt) 4 54kg
11 LATIN NEWS Bryan Dais Craig Williams 1 54kg
12 BOLTON (NZ) Stephen Brown Scott Hillebrand 10 54kg
13 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Vlad Duric 3 54kg

Race 9: TAB Stakes

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney James McDonald 3 59kg
2 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 58kg
3 BOLD GLANCE Norm Hilton Chris Munce 4 57kg
4 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 8 55.5kg
5 FREE WHEELING Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 54.5kg
6 INSTINCTION Mick Price Glen Boss 6 54kg
7 DUSTY STAR Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Darren Gauci 10 54kg
8 MCCLINTOCK Mark de Montfort Ms Lauri Wray 9 54kg
9 MORANT Damien Williams Craig Williams 1 54kg
10 RENEWED VITALITY John P Thompson Christian Reith 2 54kg
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