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|
|Conditions:||Three-year-olds at Set Weights|
|Prize Money:||$400, 000|
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.
|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
|1st||Gatting||2 minutes 30.33 seconds|
|3rd||Chill The Champers|
|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|