Gai Waterhouse believes Hampton Court is the best chance she has had to win a Victoria Derby since Nothin' Leica Dane. Hampton Court remains a strong favourite for the $1.5 million race after drawing barrier 11 with Moonovermanhattan in the next gate barrier 12.

Waterhouse last tasted Derby success with Nothin' Leica Dane in 1995.

"He was very impressive last start but had been a bit disappointing for owners and punters before that," Waterhouse said.

"Once he got up in distance he won the Dulcify and then two weeks later he won the Group 1 (Spring Champion Stakes), I think he is best Derby chance I've had since Nothin' Leica Dane

"They are not the same to look at, Hampton Court is a nice big strong colt and has settled in nicely to Melbourne."

John O'Shea is set to be represented by Gouldian in the Victoria Derby despite missing an important run in the Vase last Saturday.

The Godolphin runner drew barrier 3.

"We can't fault him and while it is not ideal to miss the one run last week, he had a solid hit out at Flemington yesterday," said stable representative Jason Walsh.

"He is fit enough and we think he can run well, barrier three is a beautiful gate and he is quite versatile, I'd imagine he would settle midfield or just a bit further forward."

Second favourite Preferment, who has form around Gouldian in Sydney, drew favourably in barrier six.

The Chris Waller-trained maiden will be ridden by Damien Oliver, who was aboard when he finished strongly for a close second to Nozomi in the Geelong Classic.

Bondeiger, unlucky in the Vase last Saturday at Moonee Valley, has drawn the inside barrier with James Winks to ride. (racingnetwork)