WATC Derby 2021

Saturday April 10, 2021

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 $400,000 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 are 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 10, 2021 and saw another Grant & Alana Williams-trained favourite, Western Empire, salute for the punters. 

WATC Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 10, 2021
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $400,000
  • First Run: 1888

2021 WATC Derby Results

The complete WATC Derby Results 2021 and Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday April 10, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Western Empire
  • 2nd: #8 Temptacion
  • 3rd: #3 Kerman Rock

The Grant & Alana Williams-trained gelding Western Empire ($1.30F) posted his fourth win on the trot when coasting to victory in the WATC Derby 2021 results with William Pike in the saddle.

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) and Western Empire (2021) are the latest WATC Derby winners 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.

2021 WATC Derby Odds

The latest WATC Derby 2021 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 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 WATC Derby will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.


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 and Western Empire in 2021.

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.

2021 WATC Derby Field

The official WATC Derby 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be provided below as soon as released by Perth Racing the week of the race.

The 2021 WATC Derby final field is now out with 10 acceptors dominated by the widely-drawn favourite Western Empire (10) chasing his fourth win on the trot.

2021 WATC Derby Nominations

The early WATC Derby 2021 nominations are taken by Perth Racing in late February and will be published below once confirmed.

The 2021 WATC Derby nominations are now out featuring 43 hopefuls led by the in-form Western Empire for last year’s winning trainers Grant & Alana Williams.

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 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.

2021 WATC Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive WATC Derby 2021 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.

2021 WATC Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider WATC Derby betting tips 2021 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: #6 Lunar Impact ($16 at time of publish) 

Western Empire is odds-on and obviously the three-year-old to beat, but in recent editions the WA Oaks form has been red hot and worth following into the Derby. David Harrison’s Real Impact filly Lunar Impact was at an absolutely enormous price (50/1) winning that last time out and gets the chance to frank the form. She’s down in weight, gets the run of the race from barrier one and is suited to the distance. Generous odds again for another boilover.

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
2021 Western Empire Temptaction Kerman Rock 2:30.9
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