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.
Ray Huxley There is no worse barrier for a horse to draw wide in this country than the 2500-metre start at Flemington.
Bargain-buy Polanski has confirmed his superior staying ability to win the 1.5 million dollar Victoria Derby.
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.
Chris Roots Hugh Bowman is a visitor to Melbourne but in Polanski he has the best hometown chance in the Victoria Derby.
The Victoria Derby. It's not all black and white.
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.
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.
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...
Max Presnell Not even ''Melbourne Mick'' Bartley, the grand master of betting coups, used a Catholic priest as a commission agent.
Chris Roots Peter Snowden has been amazed by the change in Solemn since being gelded. The four-year-old, at his second run since returning from being gelded and having a wind operation, came along the rails to...
Chris Roots John O'Shea wants to get unbeaten White Sage into the big game come the autumn and that is what this preparation is about.
Chris Roots Peter Snowden has one aim he would dearly love to achieve before leaving Darley at the end of the autumn carnival: winning the Australian Derby.
Andrew Garvey The Melbourne spring carnival results have a large bearing on next year's yearling sales.
WINNERS & LOSERS
Max Presnell Glyn Schofield’s ride on Boban in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington on Saturday capped a vintage Melbourne spring for jockeys.
Patrick Bartley Another spring full of tales of challenges and success.
Michael Lynch Robbie Laing's says his Victoria Derby win could not have come at a better time.
Chris Roots John O'Shea has been building towards the Victoria Derby since May.
Max Presnell The silks were so big, with the arms too long and the tail down near his knees, adjustments had to be made for the 15-year-old who looked better equipped to ride in a Hanging Rock maiden than the...
Chris Roots Wordplay is following a more traditional path to her spring finale than her half-brother Fiveandahalfstar a year ago.
Michael Sharkie There's a fresh vibe to the Godolphin camp this spring. You can see it in the smile of head trainer Saeed Bin Suroor's face and the happy nods of the grooms after each gallop.