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Grant Williams’ flying WA Oaks winner Delicacy is set to take on the boys at Ascot Racecourse this weekend when she lines-up in the WATC Derby 2015 field.
One of two Group race highlights on the autumn program in Perth on Saturday, this year’s $400,000 Group 2 Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) is set to run as Ascot Race 7 at 4:20pm (local time).
A total of 12 three-year-olds are accepted for the lucrative set weights clash, including the in-form daughter of Al Maher Delicacy.
She has won her past three on the trot over increasing distance at the track this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival, all in black type company.
Her most recent effort was a tidy two and a half-length victory over Spectacular Vision as the $1.22 odds-on favourite for the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m).
She runs over the same track and distance this time again but against the colts and geldings, William Pike staying on and the duo drawn the rails with barrier one.
Delicacy’s Karnup-based trainer Williams has a stranglehold over the WATC Derby field numbers-wise as well this season with a total of four hopefuls including the likely favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
His other runners are Halo Express (barrier three), Special Delivery (barrier nine) and WA Oaks fourth placed Evening Rose.
WA Oaks runner-up Spectacular Vision also backs up in the Derby this weekend, the Peter Moody-trained daughter of Mastercraftsman from Melbourne to jump from the outside barrier with Daniel Stackhouse in the saddle.
Outside of Williams’ quartet, the other last start winner in the field is the Trevor Andrews-trained Boom Time in barrier four.
The progressive Flying Spur colt ran third in the Listed JC Roberts Stakes (1800m) two back and then improved on March 28 in his final lead-up when finally breaking his maiden status at start number 13 in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m).
Also coming via that same lead-up is runner-up Say Geronimo representing Wally Mitchell in barrier seven with regular rider Patrick Carbery staying on.
Other notable hopes include Melvista Stakes third and fourth placegetters Quite Regal in his fifth career run and the Lou Luciani-trained Tonto who was also runner-up in the JC Roberts.
Phil Humann’s So Secret filly Keysbrook meanwhile will be ridden by Peter Knuckey who replaces Shaun McGruddy, riding rival Boom Time, in the Derby.
Keysbrook comes off a list of close runs behind Delicacy this time in including her third when beaten four and three quarter lengths in the WA Oaks.
She’s a nice hope in the Derby too according to her trainer and her winter form that saw her beat rivals Boom Time on two occasions and Say Geronimo at Belmont Park, as well as Tonto in December’s Aquanita Stakes when third over 1800m during the summer.
“Bob Peters’ horse (Delicacy) looks hard to beat again, but I’d be happy if we ran in the money,” Humann told The West Australian.
“She’s done really, really well since the Oaks and I think she’ll hold her form.
“Since she’s been in these distance races she puts herself right in the race.
“She gets too far back over the shorter distances.”
Check out the full WATC Derby 2015 field, barriers and jockeys below.
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2015 WATC Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Race 7 (4:20pm) – 11/04/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||51800×6099||PRENTICE||Simon Foster||Jarrad Noske||11||56.5kg|
|2||11464×4324||TONTO||Lou Luciani||Jason Whiting||10||56.5kg|
|3||23532×4272||SAY GERONIMO (NZ)||Wally Mitchell||Patrick Carbery||7||56.5kg|
|4||5292×83431||BOOM TIME||Trevor Andrews||Shaun Mc Gruddy||4||56.5kg|
|5||1x216x6165||HALO EXPRESS||Grant Williams||Glenn Smith||3||56.5kg|
|6||4231446||SPECIAL DELIVERY||Grant Williams||Peter Hall||9||56.5kg|
|7||6413||QUITE REGAL||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi (a)||8||56.5kg|
|8||8443×33||KLONDIKE LAD||Brett Pope||Danny Miller||5||56.5kg|
|9||1315×23111||DELICACY||Grant Williams||William Pike||1||54.5kg|
|10||69803×5343||KEYSBROOK||Phil Humann||Peter Knuckey||2||54.5kg|
|11||0x52512||SPECTACULAR VISION (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||12||54.5kg|
|12||665110774||EVENING ROSE||Grant Williams||Troy Turner||6||54.5kg|
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