Victoria Derby

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Victoria Derby winner Polanski's career on the line after being injured at Caulfield

Patrick Bartley Robbie Laing-trained three-year-old injured during group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.

Horse Racing

Watch for surprises in Victoria Derby

Complacent, ridden by Christian Reith, wins the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on October 12.

Michael Lynch For punters, classic races – in theory – should be the easiest to sort out. But there is one race that quite often proves the exception - the Victoria Derby.

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Victoria Derby: Hugh Bowman likes Polanski, but punters don't agree

Polanski ridden by Hugh Bowman

Chris Roots Hugh Bowman is a visitor to Melbourne but in Polanski he has the best hometown chance in the Victoria Derby.

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Savvy Nature primed after Victoria Derby barrier draw

Savvy Nature

Chris Roots John O'Shea has been building towards Saturday's Victoria Derby since May and his charge, Savvy Nature, has soared into favouritism after the barrier draw for the classic.

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Race day: Victoria Derby

Ray Huxley - race day

Ray Huxley There is no worse barrier for a horse to draw wide in this country than the 2500-metre start at Flemington.

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Polanski outstays rivals in Victoria Derby

Victoria Derby winner Polanski ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Bargain-buy Polanski has confirmed his superior staying ability to win the 1.5 million dollar Victoria Derby.

Caro Kann improve on trial form at Randwick, says jockey Josh Parr

Derby hopeful: Nash Rawiller tastes success on Bachman in April.

Chris Roots and Adam Pengilly Josh Parr is expecting a big improvement from Caro Kann from his official barrier trials in Saturday's breeders' Plate at Randwick.

Victoria Derby in reach for real Deel

HORSE RACING - The Form, Horse racing at Randwick 6.10.12race 5winner It's a Dundeelridden by James McDonaldSHD   Pic JENNY EVANS

Patrick Bartley EXPERIENCED horseman Murray Baker found it hard to contain his joy after he uncovered the new Victoria Derby favourite It's A Dundeel, with the three-year-old putting up a stunning performance to win...

The Victoria Derby. It's not all black and white.

The Victoria Derby. It's not all black and white

Victoria Derby Day.

Derby Day is here and we've scoured Fairfax's archive for some of the great moments from past Victoria Derbies. Selected images available from www.fairfaxsyndication.com.

Gamble pays off in Victoria Derby for Cummings

Caryl Williamson Victoria Derby ANTHONY CUMMINGS' gamble in running Fiveandahalfstar in the Victoria Derby has paid the highest dividend: victory in a race he has dreamed of winning most of his life.

Owners carry memory of Guy Walter as Toydini chases elusive group 1 win in Epsom Handicap

The late Guy Walter.

Chris Roots Bob and Jan Bergstrom have bred and owned their share of good horses but never a group 1 winner. So if Toydini can win the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday it would be an emotional day.

Hayes trains four winners but misses with Spillway

Gris Caro, Ben Melham up, defeats Entirely Platinum, piloted by Dwayne Dunn, to win the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Tim Habel David Hayes enjoyed a stellar day at Caulfield on Saturday with four wins but was left to lament the defeat of his main runner for the day, Caulfield Cup aspirant Spillway who was the hard luck story...

Manawanui rewards connections for patience with comeback triumph in Bill Ritchie

Adam Pengilly Manawanui's medical brief includes bleeding attacks, hamstring problems and heart arrythmia - but the patched-up horse, connections never gave up on, rewarded them ten-fold with a heart-warming...

Waller, Hawkes stables dominate betting on big Randwick double

Adam Pengilly If bookmakers are to be believed, Chris Waller or Team Hawkes have a mortgage on the Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan - they just don't know with which horse.

Out of the blue, into the black for O'Shea

Colour run: John O'Shea (right) dons the Godolphin blue at last month's launch.  He had his first Sydney winner in the new gear on Wednesday.

Chris Roots John O'Shea finally got off the mark in Sydney with Godolphin's new blue colours on Wednesday and has set his sights on Sarajevo running his way in to the Golden Rose this weekend.

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Lucky Clare Lindop recalls the 'unsung heroes'

Clare Lindop prides herself on being independent.

Jesse Hogan Four months after having 15 of her ribs crushed when her mount rolled over her in an accident, jockey Clare Lindop is rapt to be back racing - but stresses many peers fare worse than she has.

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Big Money makes it a Ramornie double for Robert Thompson

Lucky 4000-and-something: legendary bush hoop Robert Thompson added another Ramornie Handicap to his resume on Wednesday with Big Money.

Adam Pengilly Big Money, only a four-day old foal when his mother died of a snake bite protecting her progeny, did what Lyn's Money couldn't after creating history for champion jockey Robert Thompson in Grafton's...

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Chipping Norton slight ties Mark Latham in a knot

Max Presnell

Max Presnell Don’t upset Mark Latham, the racing enthusiast.

Irish trainer to try again for Cox Plate win

Set to return to Melbourne: Aidan O'Brien.

Chris Roots Irish master trainer Aidan O'Brien could return to Melbourne this spring after nominating classy three-year-old Adelaide for the Cox Plate.

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Tommy Berry riding like a man possessed since twin brother Nathan's death

Tommy Berry wins the Tatts Group JJ Atkins on Almalad.

Chris Roots The past three months have been the toughest of Tommy Berry's life but they have been defining in his riding career.