WATC Derby 2020

Saturday April 11, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Many fillies contest the WATC Derby off a WA Oaks run and it is a popular betting double each autumn

The W.A.T.C. Derby is a Group 2 Perth feature for three-year-old stayers run at Ascot Racecourse on a Saturday in mid to late April during the Perth Autumn Racing Carnival. Offering a lucrative $320,000 in total prize money, the set weights clash is contested over 2400m and is the sole Group status race on WATC Derby Day.

Run a week earlier is the fillies-only Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and the latest fillies to complete the WA Oaks – WATC Derby double were the Grant Williams-trained Delicacy (2015) who also went on to score the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) – Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) double in Adelaide and Tuscan Queen (2020).

In 2016 another Grant Williams-trained filly Arcadia Dream ran second in the WA Oaks before beating home the boys in the WATC Derby.

The latest edition of the WATC Derby ran on Saturday April 11, 2020 and was won in dominant fashion by the odds-on favourite Tuscan Queen. 

WATC Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $32,000
  • First Run: 1888

2020 WATC Derby Results

The complete WATC Derby Results 2020 and Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday April 11, 2020.

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

Grant Williams continued his dominance in the WATC Derby 2020 results preparing the runaway winner Tuscan Queen ($1.40) in partnership with his daughter Alana. The dynamic duo, winners of this year’s All-Star Mile in Melbourne, celebrated a big win in the Group 2 with their odds-on favourite and last start WA Oaks winner Tuscan Queen who beat home her rivals by a minimum four and a half-lengths.

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

WATC Derby Betting & Odds

WATC Derby betting markets are dominated by three-year-old local stayers with proven ability in Perth lead-up races over 2000m and 2200m at Ascot. Fillies have a gun recent record in the Derby and the WA Oaks winner often features highly up the markets for the Group 2 run against the colts and geldings a week later. Tuscan Queen (2020) was the last filly and odds-on favourite ($1.40) in WATC Derby betting to salute for the punters.

The Melvista Stakes winner is also usually a top fancy in the WATC Derby odds and has a top place rate in the mile and a half feature. Regal Power (2019) was the last WATC Derby winner to come off a lead-up win in the Melvista Stakes.

Western Australian Derby odds open a few weeks out from the race at nomination stage with all-in betting available before markets firm when the field is released the week of the race.

2020 WATC Derby Odds

The latest WATC Derby 2020 betting odds on the autumn’s gun three-year-old stayers facing off in the Perth classic will be detailed below so stay tuned.


WATC Derby Field

The WATC Derby field attracts a collection of handy three-year-olds with staying potential or proven ability over similar distance races earlier in the Perth Autumn Carnival.

The line-up usually consists of handy locally-trained gallopers as opposed to the autumn’s best three-year-olds who are more likely to contest races like the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick earlier in April.

Aside from the fillies coming out of the WA Oaks the other key lead-up race youngsters come into the WATC Derby field via is the Listed Melivsta Stakes (2200m) held a fortnight earlier at Ascot Racecourse.

In 2016 Who Dat Singa won the Melvista Stakes before his second to Arcadia Dream in the Derby while the previous year in 2015 Boom Time won the Melvista Stakes before a third to Delicacy in the WATC Derby. In 2017 Gatting completed the Melvista Stakes – WATC Derby double, while in 2018 the WA Derby winner Action improved on a luckless fifth in the Melvista Stakes for his four length win in the Group 2. The Melvista – WATC Derby double was completed again by Regal Power in 2019.

WATC Derby nominations are taken a fortnight before the race with the final field and barriers out early in the week of Derby Day.

WATC Derby betting at Ladbrokes

WATC Derby winner Delicacy (2015) went on to win two Group 1 races in Adelaide after her Perth success. Photo Credit: Jenny Barnes.

2020 WATC Derby Field

The official WATC Derby 2020 Final Field & Barriers will be provided below as soon as released by Perth Racing the week of the race.

Grant & Alana Williams’ impressive WA Oaks winning filly Tuscan Queen (2) is odds-on favourite to beat home her nine rivals in Saturday’s 2020 WATC Derby field.

# 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 Form Guide

The WATC Derby form guide features all the must know info for punters each year including saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers and the lead-up form of the horses in the field. Checking for three-year-olds coming off a top three finish in either the WA Oaks or Melvista Stakes at the track two weeks earlier on the WATC Derby form guide is important.

Wide barriers are not an issue over the 2400m of the Derby, but it can be a good idea to look out for Grant Williams-trained three-year-olds on the form as he has a great strike rate in the race with in-form young guns.

The WATC Derby form was recently franked by the 2019 winner Regal Power who, after a win in that year’s Group 1 Railway Stakes and Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes, traveled to Melbourne in the autumn of 2020 to run second in the Group 1 Australian Cup and win the $5 million The All-Star Mile.

2020 WATC Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive WATC Derby 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters the week of the race.

WATC Derby Tips

WATC Derby tips include looking for Perth’s top three-year-olds of the autumn with proven form at the Ascot track up to at least 2200m.

Backing the season’s WA Oaks winner and Melvista Stakes winner from the same meeting a fortnight prior to the Derby are also good tips when it comes to making WATC Derby selections.

2020 WATC Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider WATC Derby betting tips 2020 and selections will be detailed below a day or two out from the event so stay tuned for the youngsters to back and sack in your Western Australian Derby bets this autumn.

  • To Win: #4 Tuscan Queen ($1.60) 

There is absolutely now value in the WATC Derby favourite, but how do you bet against her? She was far too dominant for the fillies in the WA Oaks at this track and distance a fortnight ago and should be flying over the top of them again here. Don’t think the boys will be any match for the Queen and her All-Star Mile winning hoop William Pike who is the King of this race. Grant & Alana Williams are flying and their fillies have a record to admire in the Derby. Too much going for her.

WATC Derby Results

The WATC Derby results in recent years reveal fillies have a good record in the Group 2 against the boys, and favourites also have a decent strike and place rate. Notable WATC Derby winners from the past decade include Tuscan Queen (2020), subsequent The All-Star Mile champion Regal Power (2019), Delicacy (2015), Dreamaway (2011) and Guyno (2007).

WATC Derby Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Tuscan Queen Red Hot Tip Criminal Code 2:32.2
2019 Regal Power Cockney Crew Ping Me Another 2:30.6
2018 Action Like A Butterfly Media Baron 2:29.9
2017 Gatting Very Tempting Chill The Champers 2:30.3
2016 Arcadia Dream Who Dat Singa Culverin 2:31.3
2015 Delicacy Keysbrook Boom Time 2:38.2
2014 Respondent Ihtsahymn Real Love 2:29.5
2013 Mystic Prince Moreish Desert Glow 2:31.4
2012 Rohan Flashy Fella The Social Network 2:34.5
2011 Dreamaway Playing God Rio Dane 2:30.7
2010 Chartreux Bridgestone Brother Mak 2:27.9
2009 Marcus Maximus Berlioz Phenomenons 2:31.2
2008 Grand Journey Yuro Star Encounter 2:28.8
2007 Guyno Ballack Original Lovalover 2:29.0
2006 Catsfun Raise A Call Scenic Shot 2:29.7
2005 Plastered Royal Drive Master Minx 2:31.3
2004 Mr Sandgroper Fatal Attraction Crown Prosecutor 2:36.2
2003 Shirazamatazz Conspirator Golden Prospect 2:32.8
2002 Honor Lap Lord Mason Storm Fille 2:31.5
2001 Not Held
2000 Old Money Tingling Grand Turismo 2:30.4