The Victoria Derby run in spring over 2500m is an elusive race. It takes a precocious stayer to win, and pushes trainers to the edges of their ability in our sprint focused nation. One matter is consistent; every year a portion of racing pundits call the for VRC Derby to be shortened in distance.

Yet almost every year, the race provides the racing industry with a good horse.  In the last twenty years, only three of those twenty winners have won no other stakes race.  Those twenty winners have won a further 21 Gr.1 races around the world.  And that’s not counting the other stakes races they have won along the way.

The full article can be viewed in Bluebloods magazine or in pdf here: vrc-derby