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The WATC Derby (2400m) is a Group 2 event held at Ascot Racecourse in April each autumn racing carnival.
2021 WATC Derby Results
- 1st: #1 Western Empire
- 2nd: #8 Temptacion
- 3rd: #3 Kerman Rock
WATC Derby News
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 $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.
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 2021 ran on Saturday April 10, 2020 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth and was won by the odds-on favourite Western Empire ($1.30).
|2021 WATC Derby|
|Date:||Saturday April 10, 2020|
|Conditions:||Three-year-olds at Set Weights|
2021 WATC Derby Results
- 1st: #1 Western Empire
- 2nd: #8 Temptaction
- 3rd: #3 Kerman Rock
Powerhouse father-daughter trainers Grant & Alana Williams added yet another Perth feature race win to their record with the cruisy three-quarter length victory by odds-on favourite Western Empire in the 2021 WATC Derby results.
|1||1||WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ)||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||9||56.5kg||$1.30F|
|2||8||TEMPTACION||Daniel Morton||Chris Parnham||0.76L||5||54.5kg||$9|
|3||3||KERMAN ROCK||Chris Willis||Ms Lucy Warwick||1.02L||3||56.5kg||$31|
|4||9||RELIABLE STAR (NZ)||Grant & Alana Williams||Patrick Carbery||1.88L||4||54.5kg||$26|
|5||6||LUNAR IMPACT||David Harrison||Jason Whiting||2.9L||1||54.5kg||$17|
|6||7||BRAVE ANGEL (NZ)||Simon A Miller||Brad Parnham||3.23L||8||54.5kg||$13|
|7||10||HOLYOAKE||Brett Pope||Clint Johnston-Porter||6.68L||2||54.5kg||$26|
|8||4||FLASH DUCATI||Michael Lane||Brad Rawiller||9.64L||6||56.5kg||$41|
|9||5||FEAR THE WIND||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Jordan Turner||19.39L||7||56.5kg||$151|
|2||OUTBACK JACK||Stephen Miller||Joseph Azzopardi||0|
2021 WATC Derby Odds
The season’s latest WATC Derby 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below.
Western Empire ($1.30 in 2021) was the last WATC Derby favourite to salute.
2021 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) and Western Empire (2021) are the latest horses to do the Melvista Stakes – WATC Derby double.
The official 2021 WATC Derby field will be announced below once final acceptances close on the Monday of race week.
The in-form Grant & Alana Williams-trained Western Empire dominates the 2021 WATC Derby final field of 10 with the favourite jumping from the outside alley in his bid at four straight wins.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||324313111||WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ)||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||10||56.5kg||83|
|2||2113×4122||OUTBACK JACK||Stephen Miller||Joseph Azzopardi||5||56.5kg||71|
|3||24983×7554||KERMAN ROCK||Chris Willis||Ms Lucy Warwick||3||56.5kg||61|
|4||8×71254||FLASH DUCATI||Michael Lane||Brad Rawiller||7||56.5kg||66|
|5||065×075||FEAR THE WIND||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Jordan Turner||8||56.5kg||59|
|6||46×7239941||LUNAR IMPACT||David Harrison||Jason Whiting||1||54.5kg||70|
|7||x2139x6154||BRAVE ANGEL (NZ)||Simon A Miller||Brad Parnham||9||54.5kg||70|
|8||31×73113||TEMPTACION||Daniel Morton||Chris Parnham||6||54.5kg||68|
|9||332138||RELIABLE STAR (NZ)||Grant & Alana Williams||Patrick Carbery||4||54.5kg||64|
|10||x51260x915||HOLYOAKE||Brett Pope||Clint Johnston-Porter||2||54.5kg||60|
2021 WATC Derby Nominations
Nominations for the WATC Derby in 2021 are taken in late February and will be published in full below once announced.
The 2021 WATC Derby nominations are now out featuring 43 hopeful three-year-old stayers dominated in early betting by Grant & Alana Williams’ in-form gelding Western Empire.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x2312733x5||DOM TO SHOOT||G||3||Sean & Jake Casey||1||56.5kg|
|2||3×11032274||EM TEE AYE||G||3||Trevor Andrews||2||56.5kg||79|
|4||214362x0x||INDIGO BLUE||F||3||Adam Durrant||4||54.5kg||68|
|6||324313||WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ)||G||3||Grant & Alana Williams||6||56.5kg||71|
|7||0x94112x8||OFF WEGO||G||3||Adam Durrant||7||56.5kg||67|
|8||4x215107x1||CHICLETT||F||3||Daniel & Ben Pearce||8||54.5kg||66|
|9||2113×41||OUTBACK JACK||G||3||Stephen Miller||9||56.5kg||69|
|10||92x4137x32||HOLY ENCHANTMENT||G||3||Stephen Miller||10||56.5kg||65|
|12||7x2139x6||BRAVE ANGEL (NZ)||F||3||Simon A Miller||12||54.5kg||64|
|13||221×1||TESTING LOVE (NZ)||F||3||Grant & Alana Williams||13||54.5kg||61|
|14||7124983x||KERMAN ROCK||G||3||Chris Willis||14||56.5kg||62|
|15||21×1||FASHION QUEEN||F||3||Grant & Alana Williams||15||54.5kg||62|
|16||3161||REAL PASSION (NZ)||F||3||Grant & Alana Williams||16||54.5kg||62|
|17||62×301323||SUNSET CRUISE||F||3||Adam Fairey||17||54.5kg||59|
|18||9x1242x2L||CASTILLO DEL LAGO||G||3||Michael Lane||18||56.5kg||65|
|19||59x653x221||LINCOLN’S LAW||G||3||Stephen Miller||19||56.5kg||62|
|20||213||SPRITELY STAR||F||3||Grant & Alana Williams||20||54.5kg||58|
|21||21||PURE DEVOTION||F||3||Grant & Alana Williams||21||54.5kg||58|
|22||8×71||FLASH DUCATI||G||3||Michael Lane||22||56.5kg||62|
|23||1||GENERAL GRANT||G||3||Stephen Miller||23||56.5kg||62|
|25||5232||ANTIQUE JEWEL||F||3||Grant & Alana Williams||25||54.5kg||56|
|26||332||BRAVE BATTLE||G||3||Grant & Alana Williams||26||56.5kg||60|
|27||46×7239||LUNAR IMPACT||F||3||David Harrison||27||54.5kg||54|
|28||44x867x2||AMERICAN GRIN||G||3||Adam Durrant||28||56.5kg||60|
|29||23||CIRCLE THE SUN||G||3||Adam Durrant||29||56.5kg||58|
|30||5x727x7||THERE’S A THOUGHT (NZ)||F||3||Daniel Morton||30||54.5kg||55|
|31||33×4||RED HOT HOPE||G||3||Neville Parnham||31||56.5kg||60|
|33||33||RELIABLE STAR (NZ)||F||3||Grant & Alana Williams||33||54.5kg||56|
|34||8635||POWERFUL FORCE||G||3||Grant & Alana Williams||34||56.5kg||58|
|35||0x6008||MY FRIEND PAUL||G||3||Kevin Anderson||35||56.5kg||56|
|36||3×9||CAFE NERA||F||3||Rob Gulberti||36||54.5kg||54|
|37||977x||COMET EXPRESS (NZ)||F||3||Kieran McDonagh||37||54.5kg|
|38||46×97||HOIST THE COLOURS||G||3||Graeme Evans||38||56.5kg||56|
|39||065×0||FEAR THE WIND||G||3||Daniel & Ben Pearce||39||56.5kg||59|
|40||0x84||THE CHASER||G||3||Colin Webster||40||56.5kg|
|42||67×0||TOP POCKET||G||3||Luke Fernie||42||56.5kg||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.
|1st||Western Empire||2 minutes 30.91 seconds|
|1st||Tuscan Queen||2 minutes 32.24 seconds|
|2nd||Red Hot Tip|
|1st||Regal Power||2 minutes 30.69 seconds|
|3rd||Ping Me Another|
|1st||Action||2 minutes 29.92 seconds|
|2nd||Like A Butterfly|
|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|