WATC Derby

The 2016 WATC Derby (2400m) is a Group 2 event held at Ascot Racecourse.

WATC Derby News

Arcadia Dream wins 2016 WATC Derby

Arcadia Dream wins 2016 WATC Derby

Perth’s leading jockey William Pike claimed his sixth win in the Group 2 $400,000 Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) at Ascot in Perth last Saturday with a perfectly timed run on Arcadia Dream.

Delicacy carried the Bob Peters pink and white colours to victory in the Australasian Oaks and the South Australian Derby at Morphettville. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

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The 2016 WATC Derby (Western Australia Turf Club Derby) is a Group 2 thoroughbred race at the Ascot Racecourse in Perth during the Perth Autumn Racing Carnival in April each year, usually on the same day as the Doncaster Mile in Sydney. Raced over the traditional derby distance of 2400m, it is an event for three-year-olds at set weights and is worth $400,000.

The WATC Derby was worth half a million dollars before being demoted from Group 1 status in 2011.

As Perth’s leading staying race for three-year-olds, the WATC Derby attracts a highly competitive field of quality runners, both locally and interstate. It is held on the same day as the Group 3 WA Sires Produce Stakes (1400m). The WATC Derby was one of only three Group 1 races held at Perth; the others being the Railway Stakes (1600m) and the Kingston Town Classic (1800m), but was downgraded to a Group 2 status event so the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) could gain elite level status in 2011.

As the highly prestigious Sydney Autumn Carnival is taking place around the same time in New South Wales, many of the topline gallopers will be there contesting races like the AJC Derby and Australian Oaks. The WATC Derby victor, therefore, is usually an above average but not elite horse. Recent winners include Markus Maximus (2009), Grand Journey (2008) and Guyno (2007).

The WATC Derby 2016 will be run on April 16, 2016 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.

2016 WATC Derby
Date: April 16, 2016
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400 000
Inaugurated: 1888

2016 WATC Derby Field

The 2016 WATC Derby field is published here.

# Horse Br Wgt Rtg Rider Trainer
1 KIA ORA KOUTOU 1 56.5 78 JOSEPH AZZOPARDI ADAM DURRANT
2 WHO DAT SINGA (NZ) 11 56.5 80 PATRICK CARBERY ALAN MATHEWS
3 HEART STARTER 7 56.5 78 JARRAD NOSKE GRANT WILLIAMS
4 PUSHIN’ SHAPES 2 56.5 68 JASON WHITING DANIEL PEARCE
5 BIG RED COSTA 5 56.5 63 AARON MITCHELL WALLY MITCHELL
6 CAPPO D’ORO 6 56.5 63 STEVEN PARNHAM FRED KERSLEY
7 GAUGED 3 56.5 62 TROY TURNER STEVE WOLFE
8 LOLONG 12 56.5 60 JASON BROWN DANIEL MORTON
9 ARCADIA DREAM 10 54.5 77 WILLIAM PIKE GRANT WILLIAMS
10 SPIRIT BIRD (NZ) 8 54.5 72 JORDAN MALLYON NICK COX
11 FIRST IMPRESSIONS (NZ) 4 54.5 78 GLENN SMITH GRANT WILLIAMS
12 CULVERIN 9 54.5 66 SHAUN MC GRUDDY FRED KERSLEY

2016 WATC Derby Nominations

Here are the 2016 WATC Derby Nominations – published below.

WATC Derby Lead Up Races

Female runners in the WATC Derby will likely have raced in the Group 3 WA Oakes (2400m) the week before, or the Group 3 Champion Fillies (1600m) in February, so look for the dominant fillies in these set weight races as an indication for the Derby as well as those gallopers that have proven themselves able to last the 2400m distance in events like the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m).

WATC Derby History

First run in 1888 when Harridan claimed victory, the WATC Derby is one of the oldest and most prominent races in Perth. Beginning as a Principal race run over 12 furlongs, the race distance was converted into 2400m in 1972. It reached Group 1 status soon after in 1979 and 1987 is the only time in its long history when the race was not held.

Recent WATC Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2016
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Arcadia Dream 2 minutes 31.3 seconds
2nd Who Dat Singa
3rd Culverin
2015
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Delicacy 2 minutes 38.23 seconds
2nd Keysbrook
3rd Boom Time
2014
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Respondent 2 minutes 29.59 seconds
2nd Ihtsahymn
3rd Real Love
2013
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Mystic Prince 2 minutes 31.43 seconds
2nd Moreish
3rd Desert Glow
2012
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Rohan 2 minutes 34.5 seconds
2nd Flashy Fella
3rd The Social Network
2011
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Dreamaway 2 minutes 30.7 seconds
2nd Playing God
3rd Rio Danek
2010
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Chartreux 2 minutes 27.96 seconds
2nd Bridgestone
3rd Brother Mak
2009
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Marcus Maximus 2 minutes 31.2 seconds
2nd Berlioz
3rd Phenomenons
2008
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Grand Journey 2 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Yuro
3rd Star Encounter
2007
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Guyno 2 minutes 29 seconds
2nd Ballack
3rd Original Lovalover
2006
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Catsfun 2 minutes 29.7 seconds
2nd Raise A Call
3rd Scenic Shot
2005
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Plastered 2: minutes 31.3 seconds
2nd Royal Drive
3rd Master Minx
2004
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Mr Sandgroper 2 minutes 36.2 seconds
2nd Fatal Attraction
3rd Cr. Prosecutor / Magic
2003
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Shirazamatazz 2 minutes 32.8 seconds
2nd Conspirator
3rd Golden Prospect
2002
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Honor Lap 2 minutes 31.5 seconds
2nd Lord Mason
3rd Storm Fille
2001
W.A.T.C. Derby
Race Not Held  
2000
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Old Money 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Tingling
3rd Grand Turismo