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Ace High ($7)
The Victoria Derby gives its name to and is the highlight of Derby Day- the purists' favourite day on the racing calendar. For the 2018 edition of the race, the prize purse was increased to an impressive two million dollars, in a reflection of the status of the Derby during the spring carnival.
Derbies around the world are thought of as the most illustrious and historical races, and the same can be said in Australia. The Victoria Derby was first run all the way back in 1855, making it one of the oldest races that is still contested today in Australia. And in that time, some of the all-time greats of the equine scene have triumphed, including Poseidon, Phar Lap, Tulloch and Dulcify.
Run on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup, the Victoria Derby is one of four Group Ones scheduled on the day. Derby Day has become synonymous with not only great racing but great fashion, with the unspoken dress code of black and white adding to the sense of tradition.
But it's the Victoria Derby and the star three-year-old colts that punters have come to see, as they have their first go at the mammoth 2,500 metre trip. Part of what makes the Derby such a fascinating betting race is that all the young horses are untried at the distance, meaning that there is a doubt over every starter of whether they can run out the mile and a half.
Consequently, the Derby has been a race for value, with only three favourites winning in the past eleven years. Indeed, the average winning price over the last decade is a juicy $20.
In 2017, esteemed trainer David Payne saw his efforts rewarded when Ace High was first past the post.
His supreme staying ability came to the fore, distancing placegetters Sully and Astoria.