First day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival shapes up as a superb race day

30 October 2023 Written by Racing & Sports

Penfolds Victoria Derby Day at Flemington this Saturday is always one of the most exciting and historic days on the Australian turf.

We see a G1 Victoria Derby (2500m) with all the form coming out of those 3yo lead up contests rather than any from WFA races. Riff Rocket ($2.50) looks likely to run as the clear favourite but his conqueror Sunsets ($9) will be there. There is also Apulia ($4.50) from the Vase last week and some coming from Sydney like Cap Ferrat ($11).

The G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) shapes as a cracking edition. Can Cylinder ($4.50) get his G1 after being close a couple of times? Or will the others aimed here like King's Gambit ($4.50), Ozzmosis ($9) or Shinzo ($7). Maybe those back in trip like Steparty ($11) and Tiz Invincible ($15) are good contenders.

The mares contest the G1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) it might be close to the best contested of the races. Hope In Your Heart ($5) deserves a big one but Princess Grace ($6), Atishu ($6) and Alcohol Free ($11) are quality. Then those from last week like Wishlor Lass ($11) and Skybird ($11) will be factors.

G2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) fillies chase an Oaks winning trial and runners like Zardozi ($2.25), Amazonian Lass ($8) and Harlow Mist ($6) are right in it.

Then the last chance to make the Cup field is via the G3 Archer Stakes (2500m) and there are a few still striving. Ladies Man ($8) from NZ is possibly there along with Magical Lagoon ($15) and More Felons ($6) for Chris Waller.

The newly named G2 The Damien Oliver (1400m) will be definitely a race to watch with the rider himself at his last Derby Day. Horses like Vilana, Chain Of Lightning and Kalino are hopes.

Experience the Magic of the 2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival

Prepare for a truly unforgettable Cup Week, where equine athleticism meets Melbourne style in a spectacular showcase of thoroughbred excellence. Be there to experience the magic trackside as new champions etch their names into racing folklore. Tickets still available, don't miss out!.