WATC Derby

The WATC Derby (2400m) is a Group 2 event held at Ascot Racecourse in April each autumn racing carnival.

2018 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: #2 Action
  • 2nd: #14 Like A Butterfly
  • 3rd: #8 Media Baron



The 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 All Aged Stakes and Champagne Stakes Group 1 races at Randwick. 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. The WATC Derby – also known as the Western Australian 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 Australian Derby and Australian Oaks. The WATC Derby winner, therefore, is usually an above average but not elite horse from a local Perth-based stable.

The WATC Derby 2018 ran on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth and was won by the race favourite Action.

2018 WATC Derby
Date: Saturday April 21, 2018
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400, 000
Inaugurated: 1888

2018 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: #2 Action
  • 2nd: #14 Like A Butterfly
  • 3rd: #8 Media Baron

See below for the official WA Derby 2018 Results, the mile and a half classic won in impressive style by the Grant & Alana Williams-trained favourite Action ($3.50) who blew his rivals away by a four length winning margin over the brave filly Like A Butterfluy and David Harrison’s consistent son of Written Tycoon Media Baron.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 2 ACTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3 56.5kg $3.50F
2 14 LIKE A BUTTERFLY Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 4L 10 54.5kg $11
3 8 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Paul Harvey 4.75L 11 56.5kg $11
4 1 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Jarrad Noske 5.25L 8 56.5kg $4.40
5 4 SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Grant & Alana Williams Shaun Mc Gruddy 5.75L 1 56.5kg $4.80
5 16 MAGICAL CHARM (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams Shaun O’Donnell 5.75L 2 54.5kg $26
7 9 COME PLAY WITH ME Adam Durrant Peter Knuckey 7.25L 12 56.5kg $51
8 5 THE BIG SHOW Darren Mcauliffe Joseph Azzopardi 10.25L 7 56.5kg $31
9 15 AMERICAN JOY Grant & Alana Williams Patrick Carbery 11L 16 54.5kg $26
10 7 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 11.75L 9 56.5kg $18
11 6 HOODLUM THUNDER Brett Pope Troy Turner 11.75L 4 56.5kg $101
12 3 HE’S A PARKER Brock Lewthwaite Mr Matthieu Autier 13.25L 5 56.5kg $61
13 10 ROJO CALOR Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 15L 13 56.5kg $101
14 13 SPECIAL ALERT Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 21.25L 15 54.5kg $16
15 12 STARTTHEFRIAR Jason Miller Glenn Smith 27L 14 56.5kg $81
16 11 YOUNG THOR Lindsey Smith Daniel Staeck 27.25L 6 56.5kg $91
18e UPWARD OTHERS Hec McLaren Alan Kennedy 0
17e SNITZATUNE Fred Kersley 0

2018 WATC Derby Tips

  • 1st: #14 Like A Butterfly
  • 2nd: #2 Action
  • 3rd: #13 Special Alert

Read our full WATC Derby 2018 Betting Tips & Update now.

2018 WATC Derby Odds

The season’s latest WATC Derby 2018 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below.

2018 WATC Derby Field

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

Another good lead-up to the WATC Derby field is the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) in March, a race the 2017 winner Gatting won in the lead-up to the Group 2 before Action (2018) improved on a lead-up fifth in to salute in the WA Derby results by four lengths.

The official 2018 WATC Derby field will be announced below once final acceptances close on the Wednesday of race week.

The WATC Derby 2018 Final Field attracted the full 16 hopefuls plus two emergencies. Heading the line-up is Money Maher chasing a third win on the trot after completing the J.C. Roberts Stakes – Melvista Stakes double in the lead-up.

Read more on the 2018 WATC Derby Field & Odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 16177×4711 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Jarrad Noske 9 56.5kg 80
2 11×3325 ACTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 4 56.5kg 68
3 84211×4829 HE’S A PARKER Brock Lewthwaite Mr Matthieu Autier 6 56.5kg 68
4 85×121462 SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Grant & Alana Williams Shaun Mc Gruddy 1 56.5kg 68
5 732×16153 THE BIG SHOW Darren Mcauliffe Joseph Azzopardi 8 56.5kg 66
6 1×0228767 HOODLUM THUNDER Brett Pope Troy Turner 5 56.5kg 62
7 122×116 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 10 56.5kg 71
8 6663153334 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Paul Harvey 12 56.5kg 66
9 5x131818x7 COME PLAY WITH ME Adam Durrant Peter Knuckey 13 56.5kg
10 47534×6600 ROJO CALOR Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 14 56.5kg 60
11 2x4x76812 YOUNG THOR Lindsey Smith Daniel Staeck 7 56.5kg 63
12 14578 STARTTHEFRIAR Jason Miller Glenn Smith 15 56.5kg 60
13 3314×65061 SPECIAL ALERT Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 17 54.5kg 80
14 1694×31132 LIKE A BUTTERFLY Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 11 54.5kg 75
15 32211×5253 AMERICAN JOY Grant & Alana Williams Patrick Carbery 18 54.5kg 66
16 4321224 MAGICAL CHARM (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams Shaun O’Donnell 2 54.5kg 62
17e 4x9x0440 SNITZATUNE Fred Kersley TBA 3 56.5kg
18e 30657×7306 UPWARD OTHERS Hec McLaren Alan Kennedy 16 56.5kg

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.

The WATC Derby was downgraded back to a Group 2 event in 2011. The fillies have a strong recent record in WATC Derby history including wins by Delicacy (2015) and Arcadia Dream (2016).

Other notable WATC Derby winners include Plastered (2005), Grand Journey (2008) and Respondent (2014).

Recent WATC Derby Winners

The full list of WATC Derby winners and placegetters going back to 2000 are found below.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Action TBD
2nd Like A Butterfly
3rd Media Baron
2017
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Gatting 2 minutes 30.33 seconds
2nd Very Tempting
3rd Chill The Champers
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

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