WATC Derby

The WATC Derby (2400m) is a Group 2 event held at Ascot Racecourse in early April on the same day as the Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick.

2017 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: Gatting
  • 2nd: Very Tempting
  • 3rd: Chill The Champers

WATC Derby News

2017 WATC Derby Results: Gatting Beats Very Tempting

2017 WATC Derby Results: Gatting Beats Very Tempting

The boys fought back in the WATC Derby 2017 results at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday with Gatting beating home the Oaks winning filly Very Tempting to end the winning streak of the girls in the autumn classic.

WATC Derby winner Gatting could head to Adelaide for the 2017 SA Derby chasing the double achieved by Delicacy (pictured) in 2015. Photo: ...

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 Sydney Cup 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.

The WATC Derby 2017 ran on April 8 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.

2017 WATC Derby
Date: April 8, 2017
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400, 000
Inaugurated: 1888

2017 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: #1 Gatting
  • 2nd: #13 Very Tempting
  • 3rd: #16 Chill The Champers

Read the full 2017 WATC Derby Results, the race won by the Darren McAuliffe-trained Gatting over race favourite Very Tempting who came off a WA Oaks win.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Matthieu Autier 4 56.5kg $4.40
2 13 VERY TEMPTING Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 1.75L 12 54.5kg $3.40
3 16 CHILL THE CHAMPERS Fred Kersley Clint Johnston-Porter (a) 2.75L 14 54.5kg $101
4 15 JUST LIKE FIRE (NZ) Julie Clements Shaun O’Donnell 3L 8 54.5kg $17
5 2 FINAL SALUTE Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 4L 6 56.5kg $5.50
6 4 AT THE READY G Durrant & J Miller Daniel Staeck 4.75L 1 56.5kg $9
7 7 VINTRUSIVE Daniel Morton Brad Parnham 6.25L 2 56.5kg $26
8 9 ROCK WITH YOU Leon & Troy Corstens Jarrad Noske 6.5L 11 56.5kg $4.60
9 6 KHAWAJA Sharon Miller Glenn Smith 7L 9 56.5kg $41
10 11 GOLGOTHA Lindsey Smith Patrick Carbery 8.25L 5 56.5kg $71
11 8 TAXAGANO Stan Bates Jason Whiting 8.75L 15 56.5kg $16
12 5 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Peter Knuckey 10.25L 13 56.5kg $41
13 3 DUKEAZZA Sharon Miller Troy Turner 11L 10 56.5kg $81
14 10 MYCROFT Duane Kitchingman Ryan Hill 11.5L 7 56.5kg $61
15 12 MASTER MAGICIAN Darren Mcauliffe Joseph Azzopardi 12L 3 56.5kg $91
14 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 6

2017 WATC Derby Odds

The season’s latest WATC Derby 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below.

2017 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 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 in events like the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m).

The official 2017 WATC Derby field will be announced below once final acceptances close on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

The 2017 WATC Derby Final Field attracted sixteen hopefuls led by the WA Oaks quinella of Very Tempting and Royal Star for Grant & Alana Williams who have trained the past two winners of the race – both also fillies.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1131223721 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Matthieu Autier 4 56.5kg
2 x1304x5312 FINAL SALUTE Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 7 56.5kg
3 3131859 DUKEAZZA Sharon Miller Troy Turner 11 56.5kg
4 1633114 AT THE READY G Durrant & J Miller Daniel Staeck 1 56.5kg
5 x210x03316 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Peter Knuckey 14 56.5kg
6 314×064616 KHAWAJA Sharon Miller Glenn Smith 10 56.5kg
7 x017540721 VINTRUSIVE Daniel Morton Brad Parnham 2 56.5kg
8 3834×173 TAXAGANO Stan Bates Jason Whiting 16 56.5kg
9 4421 ROCK WITH YOU Leon & Troy Corstens Jarrad Noske 12 56.5kg
10 8×88167 MYCROFT Duane Kitchingman Ryan Hill 8 56.5kg
11 036×73232 GOLGOTHA Lindsey Smith Patrick Carbery 5 56.5kg
12 5x16x5098 MASTER MAGICIAN Darren Mcauliffe Joseph Azzopardi 3 56.5kg
13 5321×14531 VERY TEMPTING Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 13 54.5kg
14 11612 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 6 54.5kg
15 6104×31343 JUST LIKE FIRE (NZ) Julie Clements Shaun O’Donnell 9 54.5kg
16 x099x70005 CHILL THE CHAMPERS Fred Kersley Clint Johnston-Porter (a) 15 54.5kg

2017 WATC Derby Nominations

The WATC Derby nominations close in late March and usually attract over 50 three-year-old stayers.

The official 2017 WATC Derby Nominations are now out with sixty-nine early entries led by dual stakes winning filly Royal Star who dominates all-in WATC Derby odds.

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
2018
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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