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.