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|
|Conditions:||Three-year-olds at Set Weights|
|Prize Money:||$400 000|
2016 WATC Derby Field
The 2016 WATC Derby field is published here.
|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
|1st||Arcadia Dream||2 minutes 31.3 seconds|
|2nd||Who Dat Singa|
|1st||Delicacy||2 minutes 38.23 seconds|
|1st||Respondent||2 minutes 29.59 seconds|
|1st||Mystic Prince||2 minutes 31.43 seconds|
|1st||Rohan||2 minutes 34.5 seconds|
|3rd||The Social Network|
|1st||Dreamaway||2 minutes 30.7 seconds|
|1st||Chartreux||2 minutes 27.96 seconds|
|1st||Marcus Maximus||2 minutes 31.2 seconds|
|1st||Grand Journey||2 minutes 28.8 seconds|
|1st||Guyno||2 minutes 29 seconds|
|1st||Catsfun||2 minutes 29.7 seconds|
|2nd||Raise A Call|
|1st||Plastered||2: minutes 31.3 seconds|
|1st||Mr Sandgroper||2 minutes 36.2 seconds|
|3rd||Cr. Prosecutor / Magic|
|1st||Shirazamatazz||2 minutes 32.8 seconds|
|1st||Honor Lap||2 minutes 31.5 seconds|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Old Money||2 minutes 30.4 seconds|