Penfolds Victoria Derby Field Finalised

26 October 2021 Written by VRC

A capacity field of 16 three-year-olds will chase their place in history when they tackle Saturday’s 2021 Group 1 Penfolds Victoria Derby after acceptances closed for the 166th edition this morning.

At the top of the TAB market is Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase winner Forgot You, who has impressed in every run this campaign. He is one of two runners for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, who will also be saddling up Vase runner-up Commander Harry in the $2 million feature. The Busuttin and Young stable is aiming to add a second win in the blue riband event, having tasted success with Sangster a decade ago.

Penfolds Victoria Derby Trial winner Gundec will aim to become the first horse to take both the Trial, run in late September, and the Derby. The Penfolds Victoria Derby Trial was established in 2017 as a stepping stone for three-year-old stayers heading towards the feature.

A host of last-start stakes winners will step out on Saturday, including Group 3 Caulfield Classic hero Gunstock (Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior), Listed Geelong Classic victor Tutukaka (Tony Pike) and Listed Hill Smith Stakes winner Cerberus (Anthony and Sam Freedman).

Alegron, third in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, will carry Godolphin’s famous royal blue colours as the global operation seeks a first Penfolds Victoria Derby success. He will be joined by his James Cummings-trained stablemate Character.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-prepared Hitotsu will aim for a rare feat, stepping up beyond a mile for the first time in the 2500m Derby.

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said the 166th running of the Penfolds Victoria Derby on Saturday is set to be a thrilling contest.

“The Penfolds Victoria Derby is the premier classic race of the spring and this year’s field looks as competitive as ever,” Mr Jordon said.

“The Derby is always the headline act on what is one of Australia’s best and most historic racedays and this year will be no exception.”

The 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with Penfolds Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 30 October, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 2 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 4 November and Parmount+ Stakes Day on Saturday 6 November.

All the action from the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival can be seen live and free on Network 10 and 10 Play on demand, with also home to exciting and exclusive content and competitions. 

The full field for the Penfolds Victoria Derby can be found here.

Image: Forgot You headlines the Penfolds Victoria Derby field (Credit: Racing Photos)