Tuscan Queen Of 2020 WATC Derby Betting: Williams’ Filly Odds-On Favourite

April 9, 2020

Tuscan Queen Of 2020 WATC Derby Betting: Williams’ Filly Odds-On Favourite

Flying father-daughter training duo Grant & Alana Williams are tipped to continue their outstanding autumn with the stable’s WA Oaks winning filly Tuscan Queen odds-on in WATC Derby 2020 betting against the boys on Saturday.

Regal Power. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

William Pike (pictured on All-Star Mile winner Regal Power) rides the favourite Tuscan Queen in the 2020 WATC Derby field this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Williams stable have not only enjoyed a dominant carnival at home in Perth, but their raid on Melbourne this autumn proved very lucrative when they trained the quinella in the $5 million The All-Star Mile with Regal Power and Superstorm.

They are out to continue their winning ways back home at Ascot this weekend in the Group 2 $320,000 Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) saddling up two fancies including the hot favourite Tuscan Queen.

Co-trainer Grant Williams chases his incredible eighth WATC Derby win in 10 years having prepared seven winners in the past decade including the last two on the trot with his daughter.

Tuscan Queen and stablemate Midnight Blue are out to make it three straight for Team Williams following the success of Action (2018) and the subsequent All-Star Mile champ Regal Power (2019).

Sitting top of the WATC Derby betting markets at a short $1.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au, in-form Fastnet Rock filly Tuscan Queen comes off back-to-back wins against her how kind.

She now takes on the boys at the same track and distance of her latest triumph, a dominant two length win in the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) on March 28.

Drawn barrier two in the 10-horse WATC Derby field, Tuscan Queen has the ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike in the saddle again as he chases a ninth win in the feature and his sixth in the past seven years.

The Grant Williams-trained Arcadia Dream (2016) was the last WATC Derby winning filly, while her stablemate Delicacy (2015) the year prior was most recent WA Oaks – Derby double winner that Tuscan Queen is out to emulate on the weekend.

Tuscan Queen is out to do the WA Oaks – WATC Derby double for the first time since the also Grant Williams-trained filly Delicacy in 2015

As for $8 chance Midnight Blue, Peter Hall rides the So You Think gelding in the Derby from the outside alley (10) taking over for Clint Johnston-Porter.

A winner up to 2200m, the progressive type was third at big odds two back in the Listed JC Roberts Stakes (1800m) before his last start second in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) on Oaks Day.

There are a further two three-year-olds at single-figures in the latest WATC Derby odds with $7.50 second elect Naughty By Nature and the early market mover Red Hot Tip into $8.50.

Jason Miller saddles-up his Trade Fair filly Naughty By Nature in barrier four with Midnight Blue’s regular rider Clint Johnston-Porter continuing his association with the last start WA Oaks runner-up.

Red Hot Tip meanwhile is the only other last start winner in the race outside the favourite, Stephen Miller’s son of Red Hot Choice coming off a three-quarter length victory in the Melvista Stakes.

He goes up from 55kg that day to 57.5kg however and so will need to be improving with the extra kilos to run out a strong mile and a half.

Click here for the latest WATC Derby 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 WATC Derby Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 4×53121 RED HOT TIP Stephen Miller Ryan Hill 3 57.5kg 74
2 443132 MIDNIGHT BLUE Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 10 57.5kg 70
3 1×3743 CRIMINAL CODE Tiarnna Robertson Joseph Azzopardi 7 57.5kg 64
4 11217×4911 TUSCAN QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 2 55.5kg 83
5 341×12392 NAUGHTY BY NATURE Jason Miller Clint Johnston-Porter 4 55.5kg 70
6 4352215527 PAMBELLA Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 5 55.5kg 66
7 31013 MISS DOMINICAN Fred Kersley Brad Parnham 6 55.5kg 65
8 35x170x224 CAMBIST Robyn Lockwood Ms Kyra Yuill 1 55.5kg 66
9 7613×23684 SAMANTHA’S TWITCH Daniel Morton Jarrad Noske 9 55.5kg 56
10 273136 SHOWADDYWADDY Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 8 55.5kg 58

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