WATC Derby

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

2022 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Alaskan God
  • 2nd: #4 Pale Rider
  • 3rd: #6 Black Fantasy




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) and Western Empire (2021) are the last horses to complete the WATC Derby – Railway Stakes double in the same year.

Regal Power 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).

Western Empire meanwhile backed-up from his 2021 Railway Stakes victory to place second in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) behind Regal Power during an outstanding campaign.

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 2022 ran on Saturday April 9, 2022 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth and was won in runaway fashion by the in-form Dan Morton-trained Alaskan God ($2.50). 

2022 WATC Derby
Date: Saturday April 9, 2022
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000
Inaugurated: 1888

2022 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Alaskan God ($2.50)
  • 2nd: #4 Pale Rider
  • 3rd: #6 Black Fantasy
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 ALASKAN GOD Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 3 56.5kg $2.50
2 4 PALE RIDER Ted Martinovich Patrick Carbery 3.13L 13 56.5kg $21
3 6 BLACK FANTASY Daniel & Ben Pearce Brad Parnham 4.39L 4 56.5kg $41
4 8 OUTSPOKEN LAD Daniel & Ben Pearce Shaun O’Donnell 5.01L 6 56.5kg $16
5 13 LADY CHANT Brock Lewthwaite Ms Lisa Staples 5.38L 10 54.5kg $21
6 2 HEAR ME SING Steve Wolfe Peter Knuckey 6.01L 11 56.5kg $26
7 9 DISENGO Adam Durrant Ms Lucy Warwick 6.65L 5 56.5kg $101
8 11 TELL NOTHIN’ Julie Mitchell Ms Kyra Yuill 6.79L 7 56.5kg $201
9 7 LET’SDEAL Steve Wolfe Andrew Castle 7.67L 2 56.5kg $101
10 5 HENCHARD Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 7.77L 1 56.5kg $21
11 1 TRIX OF THE TRADE Colin Webster Troy Turner 11.31L 8 56.5kg $2.10F
12 10 LAUTRE Brett Pope Jordan Turner 13.94L 12 56.5kg $151
13 12 NORTHEAST EAGLE Lindsey Smith Keshaw Dhurun (a) 28.08L 9 56.5kg $151

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 WATC Derby Betting Odds

The season’s latest WATC Derby 2022 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.

2022 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), Western Empire (2021) and Alaskan God (2022) are the latest horses to do the Melvista Stakes – WATC Derby double.

The official 2022 WATC Derby field will be announced below once final acceptances close on the Monday of race week.

The WATC Derby 2022 final field features a quality line-up of three-year-old stayers including the Dan Morton-trained Playing God gelding Alaskan God in barrier three chasing a fourth win on the trot and the Colin Webster-trained Trix Of The Trade who ran first and second respectively in the Melvista Stakes last time out.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 121×111122 TRIX OF THE TRADE Colin Webster Troy Turner 8 56.5kg 86
2 7441132244 HEAR ME SING Steve Wolfe Paul Harvey 11 56.5kg 71
3 7×1111 ALASKAN GOD Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 3 56.5kg 77
4 451302×218 PALE RIDER Ted Martinovich Patrick Carbery 13 56.5kg 72
5 212×1339 HENCHARD Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 1 56.5kg 67
6 2142×3226 BLACK FANTASY Daniel & Ben Pearce Brad Parnham 4 56.5kg 65
7 12×13760 LET’SDEAL Steve Wolfe Andrew Castle 2 56.5kg 64
8 14×0153 OUTSPOKEN LAD Daniel & Ben Pearce Shaun O’Donnell 6 56.5kg 71
9 x7212x9537 DISENGO Adam Durrant Ms Lucy Warwick 5 56.5kg 62
10 5×82344110 LAUTRE Brett Pope Jordan Turner 12 56.5kg 65
11 0x471290 TELL NOTHIN’ Julie Mitchell Ms Jade McNaught 7 56.5kg 63
12 62×64 NORTHEAST EAGLE Lindsey Smith Laqdar Ramoly (a) 9 56.5kg 60
13 2×231 LADY CHANT Brock Lewthwaite Jason Whiting 10 54.5kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 WATC Derby Nominations

Nominations for the WATC Derby in 2022 are taken in late February and will be published in full below once announced.

The 2022 WATC Derby nominations close on Monday February 21, 2022. 

The WATC Derby 2022 nominations attracted 47 three-year-old stayers including Colin Webster’s flying Trix Of The Trade who has won his past four starts, while Fine Romance is the highest-rated of the fillies.

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
2022
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Alaskan God 2 minutes 31.71 seconds
2nd Pale Rider
3rd Black Fantasy
2021
W.A.T.C. Derby
1st Western Empire 2 minutes 30.91 seconds
2nd Temptacion
3rd Kerman Rock
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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