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Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival kicks off with the day the purists pick as the best Australian racing has to offer. Derby Day features four top-rated Group 1 races, all worth more than $500,000 and culminating in the Mackinnon Stakes and the AAMI Victoria Derby. For the fashion conscious, it’s a chance to set the tone for the spring.

The Derby itself is a 2,500m test for the best three-year-old horses in the country, and while the field is yet to be finalised, a few names stick out. Kiwi colt It’s a Dundeel will look to make it three in a row for NZ horses after the successes of Sangster in 2011 and Lion Tamer in 2010, and is undefeated in four career starts. Jimando is also being talked about as a potential winner and future star, and you can’t write off All Too Hard, better known as Black Caviar’s half-brother. But beware the crowd crush. Its Saturday setting and the potential for early November sun can make it the hottest ticket in town.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day 2012 details

Address
400 Epsom Rd, Flemington 3031

Telephone 03 8378 0747

Transport
Nearby Stations: Flemington Racecourse
Bus or tram:
Tram: 29

Price $74.00

Date Sat 03 Nov 2012

Open 8.30am

Flemington Racecourse map

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