Chartreux Wins 2010 Schweppes WATC Derby

On Saturday at the esteemed Ascot racecourse in Perth, up-and-coming Victorian stayer Chartreux secured a coveted Group 1 win in the $500,000 Group 1 WATC Derby (2400m).

Trained by masterful Flemington-based mentor David Hayes, interstate raider Chartreux ($5.50) defeated many local hopefuls including the Neville Parnham-trained Bridgestone ($4.50) with the $3.50 favourite and Melvista Stakes winner Brother Mak coming in third.

The win in the three-year-old classic gave trainer David Hayes his first WATC Derby success.

Chartreux, ridden to perfection by champion hoop Brad Rawiller, settled three back on the inside fence early on before darting through the field to secure the win with a powerful late burst.

Catbird gelding Chartreux, purchased for $70,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions Classic Sale in Perth, has now won four of their 12 career starts with their total prizemoney now in excess of $467,690, and will be back at for the Melbourne features in the spring.

In other great racing action around the nation on Saturday, at Randwick the 2010 Sydney Cup was Won by Melbourne Cup Hopeful Jessicabeel and Road To Rock Won the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Ahead of Triple Honour and Monaco Consul.

2010 Schweppes WATC Derby Results

Place

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

1
CHARTREUX
Brad Rawiller David Hayes
2
BRIDGESTONE (NZ)
Brad Parnham Neville Parnham
3
BROTHER MAK (NZ)
Patrick Carbery Wally Mitchell
4
GOD HAS SPOKEN
Steven Parnham Neville Parnham
5
ZENTRATE
Daniel Staeck Fred Kersley
6
SMART TWISTER
Alan Kennedy Lindsey Smith
7
IMPRESSIVE JEUNEY
Shaun O’Donnell Darren McAuliffe
8
GUEST WING
William Pike Shane A Edwards
9
BROCCOLETTA
Troy Turner Len Morton
10
CAMPOBELLO
Jason Whiting Lou Luciani
11
BAG OF NAILS
John Claite Simon A Miller
12
BENCONI
Link Robertson Tony Noonan
13
HEAR THE DRUMS
Noel Rudland Brett Pope
14
FOUR FLOORS
Paul King Darren McAuliffe
15
TEST CASE
Jason Brown Ivan Haggerty