WATC Derby

The 2017 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.

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 2017 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. 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 Australian Derby and Australian Oaks. The WATC Derby victor, therefore, is usually an above average but not elite horse.

The WATC Derby 2017 will be run 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 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.

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.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight
1 323211×3 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56.5kg
2 16331 AT THE READY G 3 G Durrant & J Miller 56.5kg
3 212244 BELTER G 3 Sean Casey 56.5kg
4 12 BOLD SUCCESS (NZ) G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 56.5kg
5 BOLD VICTORY G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 56.5kg
6 403536x BURGER TIME G 3 Aaron Bazeley 56.5kg
7 CERULEAN G 3 Ivan Haggerty 56.5kg
8 7×503324 CLEVER DICK G 3 Kath Fleming 56.5kg
9 01 DELANTERO G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 56.5kg
10 3131x DUKEAZZA G 3 Sharon Miller 56.5kg
11 3x1304x5 FINAL SALUTE G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 56.5kg
12 7×5433 FRIARESQUE G 3 Vaughn Sigley 56.5kg
13 4x124x23 GANGBUSTER G 3 Trevor Andrews 56.5kg
14 8×1131223 GATTING G 3 Darren Mcauliffe 56.5kg
15 036×73 GOLGOTHA G 3 Lindsey Smith 56.5kg
16 91 GRAND CADEAU (NZ) G 3 Stephen Miller 56.5kg
17 873231083x IGITUR C 3 Darren Weir 56.5kg
18 x5314x0646 KHAWAJA G 3 Sharon Miller 56.5kg
19 7x8x56 LUNA ROSSA G 3 Neville Parnham 56.5kg
20 68211x MASS EFFECT G 3 Steve Wolfe 56.5kg
21 5x16x5 MASTER MAGICIAN G 3 Darren Mcauliffe 56.5kg
22 442×16 MELTING POINT G 3 Jessica Valas 56.5kg
23 89x0422x MR ALBY G 3 Paula Wagg 56.5kg
24 8×88 MYCROFT G 3 Duane Kitchingman 56.5kg
25 5x91x NO SAY IN IT G 3 Lindsey Smith 56.5kg
26 87 NOBLE KING (NZ) G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 56.5kg
27 03×85 ONE WORD REVIEW G 3 Adam Fairey 56.5kg
28 63x66210x PERSISTENCE TIME G 3 Ken Adams 56.5kg
29 2100x POSITIVE CARRY (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56.5kg
30 3×253177 RAGAZZO D’ORO G 3 David Harrison 56.5kg
31 239x REEF KEEPER G 3 Daniel O’Connor 56.5kg
32 8421222 RISING RED (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56.5kg
33 4 ROCK WITH YOU G 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 56.5kg
34 51x5x0 SANDALWOOD G 3 Fred Kersley 56.5kg
35 3131×52 SKY ATLAS G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 56.5kg
36 5x617x4x STORM DANCER G 3 John Lugg 56.5kg
37 7x210x03 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 3 Lindsey Smith 56.5kg
38 936x TRUSTING STARLIGHT G 3 Brent Albuino 56.5kg
39 214×734262 VEUVE DE VEGA G 3 Sean Casey 56.5kg
40 87×017540 VINTRUSIVE G 3 Daniel Morton 56.5kg
41 82412×2 WESTERN TEMPLE G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 56.5kg
42 56x041x ABSOLUTE MAGIC F 3 Brett Pope 54.5kg
43 46x921x4 AMALFI LASS F 3 Daniel Morton 54.5kg
44 1×3 AWAKEN F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
45 54 BOSS THE GAME F 3 Daniel Morton 54.5kg
46 745 CASSOWARY STREET F 3 Brett Pope 54.5kg
47 2131x CEYLON (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 54.5kg
48 1x099x7 CHILL THE CHAMPERS F 3 Fred Kersley 54.5kg
49 312×028 COMPELLING F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
50 33 ELITE ARTIST F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
51 54x1122x2 ELLICAZOOM F 3 Neville Parnham 54.5kg
52 43124 FONTAINEBLEAU F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
53 371×110 GLIMMER GIRL F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
54 8 HUMBY’S GOLD F 3 Trevor Andrews 54.5kg
55 6428×2 IMAGINARY F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
56 8x JILIN F 3 Lindsey Smith 54.5kg
57 55x6104x3 JUST LIKE FIRE (NZ) F 3 Julie Clements 54.5kg
58 33x LA MOULINE (NZ) F 3 G Durrant & J Miller 54.5kg
59 471 LATAKIA FRIARS F 3 Brent Albuino 54.5kg
60 x6616317x8 MICA LIL F 3 David Harrison 54.5kg
61 517x74x MY NAUGHTY BLONDE F 3 David Harrison 54.5kg
62 21×4 PERFECT ROSE F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
63 2×62832121 PRECIOUS MEMORIES F 3 Raquel Mills 54.5kg
64 23 REGAL CLASS F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg
65 REVEILLE F 3 Daniel Morton 54.5kg
66 11x ROYAL STAR F 3 Fenella Martin 54.5kg
67 410 THE ESCAPE PLAN F 3 Daniel Morton 54.5kg
68 11×78 VAIN STRYKER F 3 Justin Warwick 54.5kg
69 5321×14 VERY TEMPTING F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 54.5kg

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.

Recent WATC Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2017
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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