VICTORIA DERBY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* First run in 1855 when won by Rose Of May, the Victoria Derby is six years older than the Melbourne Cup and one of the oldest races in the world
* Manfred (1925), Phar Lap (1929), Skipton (1941), Comic Court (1948), Delta (1949), Tulloch (1957), Sky High (1960), Tobin Bronze (1965), Dulcify (1978), Mahogany (1993) and Efficient (2006)
* James Scobie holds training record with eight winners
* Bart Cummings and the late TJ Smith share modern-day training honours with five winners
* Gai Waterhouse, daughter of TJ Smith, became first woman to prepare Victoria Derby winner when Nothin’ Leica Dane, part-owned by her father, won in 1995
* Legendary jockey Bobby Lewis holds record for most number of Victoria Derby wins with eight
* Tulloch the shortest-priced favourite at 1-10 when won in 1957
* Martini-Henri won the 1883 Victoria Derby at his first start and Melbourne Cup at his second
* Fire Oak (1990) became first maiden since Martini-Henri to win. Two years later Redding repeated the feat
THE DISTANCE: The 2500m is a query for every runner as the Victoria Derby offers the first chance for three-year-olds to be tested at the distance. However, many believe class is just as important as stamina in a Derby.
THE FAVOURITE: Hampton Court. The Sydney colt has hit his straps this spring and produced a stunning finish to win the Spring Champion Stakes. Part-owned by James Packer and radio king Alan Jones, the Derby will be his first start in Melbourne.
MAIDENS: The Chris Waller-trained Preferment is a $5 chance to become the first maiden in 22 years to claim the Victoria Derby. A slashing second in the Geelong Classic, Preferment will wear winkers for the first time at Flemington.