WATC Derby

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

2020 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: #4 Tuscan Queen
  • 2nd: #1 Red Hot Tip
  • 3rd: #3 Criminal Code



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 $320,000.

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.

Regal Power (2019) was the last three-year-old to complete the WATC Derby – Railway Stakes double. He went on to frank the form in Melbourne the following autumn with a second in Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and a win in the second edition of the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).

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 2020 ran on Saturday April 11, 2020 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth and saw class filly Tuscan Queen blitz her rivals by nearly five lengths. 

2020 WATC Derby
Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $320,000
Inaugurated: 1888

2020 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: #4 Tuscan Queen
  • 2nd: #1 Red Hot Tip
  • 3rd: #3 Criminal Code

The WATC Derby 2020 results saw Perth’s premier training duo Grant & Alana Williams continue their dominance in the event with their star WA Oaks winning filly Tuscan Queen ($1.40) blitzing her rivals by nearly five lengths as the odds-on favourite.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 TUSCAN QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 2 55.5kg $1.40F
2 1 RED HOT TIP Stephen Miller Ryan Hill 4.76L 3 57.5kg $11
3 3 CRIMINAL CODE Tiarnna Robertson Joseph Azzopardi 5.59L 7 57.5kg $21
4 8 CAMBIST Robyn Lockwood Ms Kyra Yuill 6.93L 1 55.5kg $15
5 6 PAMBELLA Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 7.05L 5 55.5kg $51
6 9 SAMANTHA’S TWITCH Daniel Morton Jarrad Noske 7.08L 9 55.5kg $101
7 5 NAUGHTY BY NATURE Jason Miller Clint Johnston-Porter 7.29L 4 55.5kg $9.50
8 7 MISS DOMINICAN Fred Kersley Brad Parnham 8.73L 6 55.5kg $31
9 2 MIDNIGHT BLUE Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 10.93L 10 57.5kg $16
10 10 SHOWADDYWADDY Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 13.11L 8 55.5kg $101

2020 WATC Derby Odds

The season’s latest WATC Derby 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below.

2020 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. Tuscan Queen (2020) was the last filly to complete the WA Oaks – WATC Derby double.

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. Regal Power (2019) was the last horse to do the Melvista Stakes – WATC Derby double.

The official 2020 WATC Derby field will be announced below once final acceptances close on the Tuesday of race week.

The WA Derby 2020 final field attracted just 10 young stayers led in betting by Grant & Alana Williams’ brilliant filly Tuscan Queen (2) coming off a dominant win in the WA Oaks.

Click here to read more on the Tuscan Queen dominated 2020 WATC Derby field and odds.

# 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

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), Arcadia Dream (2016) and Tuscan Queen (2020).

Other notable WATC Derby winners include Plastered (2005), Grand Journey (2008), Respondent (2014) and subsequent The All-Star Mile champion Regal Power (2019).

Recent WATC Derby Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
2020
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Tuscan Queen 2 minutes 32.24 seconds
2nd Red Hot Tip
3rd Criminal Code
2019
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Regal Power 2 minutes 30.69 seconds
2nd Cockney Crew
3rd Ping Me Another
2018
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Action 2 minutes 29.92 seconds
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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