WATC Derby

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



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
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-olds at Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000
Inaugurated: 1888

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.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
3 x314402121 SOLAIA F 3 Darren McAuliffe 3 54.5kg 78
4 214362x0x INDIGO BLUE F 3 Adam Durrant 4 54.5kg 68
5 x528322x8x SURVEILLANCE G 3 Jim Taylor 5 56.5kg 64
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
11 121 TAMBORA G 3 Darren McAuliffe 11 56.5kg 67
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
24 31×7 TEMPTACION F 3 Daniel Morton 24 54.5kg 58
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
32 2 KAZOKU F 3 Jason Miller 32 54.5kg 56
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
41 765 FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS G 3 Kieran McDonagh 41 56.5kg 58
42 67×0 TOP POCKET G 3 Luke Fernie 42 56.5kg 58
43 TUMIVET G 3 Martin Allan 43 56.5kg
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
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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