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The WATC Derby (2400m) is a Group 2 event held at Ascot Racecourse in April each autumn racing carnival.
2020 WATC Derby Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
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 $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 runs on Saturday April 11, 2020 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.
|2020 WATC Derby|
|Date:||Saturday April 11, 2020|
|Conditions:||Three-year-olds at Set Weights|
2020 WATC Derby Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
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.
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.
|#||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) and Arcadia Dream (2016).
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||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|