Moreish Heads 2013 WATC Derby Field

Sharon Miller’s flying WA Oaks winning filly Moreish is the headline acceptor for the WATC Derby 2013 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth this Saturday, the youngster vying for their fourth win on the trot.

Set to run as Ascot Race 7 at 4:15pm (local time) the $400,000 Group 2 Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) has drawn a full field of 16 three-year-olds this year with Moreish the likely favourite.

Draw in in gate 10 with regular rider Troy Turner staying on the daughter of More Than Ready has won her last three races, all at stakes level, consecutively most recently putting an easy two lengths on her closest rival in the Group 3 W.A. Oaks over the same track and distance on April 6.

Also set to back up from the WA Oaks is third placed Blackfriars filly Pants On Friar prepared by Lou and Dion Luciani, the stables also represented in the race by recent Bunbury winner Ye Olde (barrier 11).

Along with Moreish the only other last start winner in the WATC Derby this year is then the Daniel Morton-trained Strada gelding Gold Broker in gate six with William Pike to ride who took out the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) at the track two weeks ago.

Morton has also accepted for Coughlin’s Law who ran sixth behind their better fancied stablemate in the Melvista.

Other notable WATC Derby hopes then include Darren McAuliffe’s well performing Snippetson gelding Rebelson coming off a Melvista fourth, Melvista third placed Trading Day, and Mystic Prince who will be ridden by Melbourne-based jockey Ben Melham from gate four.

Melham, 25, will also be riding the John Sadler-trained Karrakatta Plate winner Ms Funovits in the Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at the WATC Derby Day meeting.

Reset gelding Mystic Prince is usually ridden by top local hoop William Pike but Pike has decided to partner with WATC Derby rival Gold Broker.

Check out the complete 2013 Schweppes WATC Derby field, barriers, jockeys and weights below then head over to and enjoy a $500 bonus bet on the house this autumn when you open a new account!

2013 WATC Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw

Ascot Race 7 – 4:15pm (local) – 20/04/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 116122×124 REBELSON Darren Mcauliffe Jason Whiting 2 56.5kg
2 212×842018 WESTERN BLAZE Grant Williams Glenn Smith 3 56.5kg
3 0435×34561 GOLD BROKER Daniel Morton William Pike 6 56.5kg
4 331×63233 TRADING DAY John Wilson Willie White 1 56.5kg
5 2×17032312 DUBAI ESCAPADE Justin Warwick Shaun Meeres 7 56.5kg
6 713×6112 MYSTIC PRINCE Grant Williams Ben Melham 4 56.5kg
7 232×632012 ANOTHER HOLDUP (NZ) Wally Mitchell Patrick Carbery 5 56.5kg
8 x755x06146 COUGHLIN’S LAW Daniel Morton Jarrad Noske 14 56.5kg
9 1205×66124 LEONORA LARRIKEN Sharon Miller Shaun O’Donnell 12 56.5kg
10 x233x41737 RAISING DUBAI Ben Pearce Peter Knuckey 15 56.5kg
11 4×671912 PURPLE TIGER Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 13 56.5kg
12 34115 YE OLDE Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani Daniel Staeck 11 56.5kg
13 x331806079 DESERT GLOW Grant Williams Lucas Camilleri 16 56.5kg
14 20217×6111 MOREISH Sharon Miller Troy Turner 10 54.5kg
15 7733 PANTS ON FRIAR Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani Jason Brown 9 54.5kg
16 24×4742645 SPECIAL FAVOUR Grant Williams Brad Parnham 8 54.5kg