WATC Derby 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017

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 early to mid 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 WATC Derby Day is supported by the Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) for two-year-olds.

Run a fortnight earlier is the fillies-only Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and the last filly to complete the WA Oaks – WATC Derby double was Delicacy (2015) who also went on to score the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) – Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) double in Adelaide.

The following year 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 8, 2017 .

2017 WATC Derby Results

  • 1st: Gatting
  • 2nd: Very Tempting
  • 3rd: Chill The Champers

WATC Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 8, 2017
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $400,000
  • First Run: 1888

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.

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. 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.

2017 WATC Derby Odds

The latest WATC Derby 2017 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 became the latest galloper to complete the Melvista Stakes – WATC Derby double.

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.

2017 WATC Derby Field

The official WATC Derby 2017 Final Field & Barriers will be provided below as soon as released by Perth Racing the week of the race.

The 2017 Western Australian Derby Field is now out with sixteen three-year-old including four fillies in the mix. Grant Williams-trained fillies have won the past two editions of the race and this season he saddles-up the two favourites in WATC Oaks odds – Royal Star and Very Tempting – who ran second and first respectively in the WA Oaks last time out.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1131223721 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Matthieu Autier 4 56.5kg
2 x1304x5312 FINAL SALUTE Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 7 56.5kg
3 3131859 DUKEAZZA Sharon Miller Troy Turner 11 56.5kg
4 1633114 AT THE READY G Durrant & J Miller Daniel Staeck 1 56.5kg
5 x210x03316 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Peter Knuckey 14 56.5kg
6 314×064616 KHAWAJA Sharon Miller Glenn Smith 10 56.5kg
7 x017540721 VINTRUSIVE Daniel Morton Brad Parnham 2 56.5kg
8 3834×173 TAXAGANO Stan Bates Jason Whiting 16 56.5kg
9 4421 ROCK WITH YOU Leon & Troy Corstens Jarrad Noske 12 56.5kg
10 8×88167 MYCROFT Duane Kitchingman Ryan Hill 8 56.5kg
11 036×73232 GOLGOTHA Lindsey Smith Patrick Carbery 5 56.5kg
12 5x16x5098 MASTER MAGICIAN Darren Mcauliffe Joseph Azzopardi 3 56.5kg
13 5321×14531 VERY TEMPTING Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 13 54.5kg
14 11612 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 6 54.5kg
15 6104×31343 JUST LIKE FIRE (NZ) Julie Clements Shaun O’Donnell 9 54.5kg
16 x099x70005 CHILL THE CHAMPERS Fred Kersley Clint Johnston-Porter (a) 15 54.5kg

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.

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.

2017 WATC Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider WATC Derby betting tips 2017 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.

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 Delicacy (2015), Dreamaway (2011) and Guyno (2007).

2017 WATC Derby Results

The complete WATC Derby Results 2017 and Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday April 8, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Matthieu Autier 4 56.5kg $4.40
2 13 VERY TEMPTING Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 1.75L 12 54.5kg $3.40
3 16 CHILL THE CHAMPERS Fred Kersley Clint Johnston-Porter (a) 2.75L 14 54.5kg $101
4 15 JUST LIKE FIRE (NZ) Julie Clements Shaun O’Donnell 3L 8 54.5kg $17
5 2 FINAL SALUTE Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 4L 6 56.5kg $5.50
6 4 AT THE READY G Durrant & J Miller Daniel Staeck 4.75L 1 56.5kg $9
7 7 VINTRUSIVE Daniel Morton Brad Parnham 6.25L 2 56.5kg $26
8 9 ROCK WITH YOU Leon & Troy Corstens Jarrad Noske 6.5L 11 56.5kg $4.60
9 6 KHAWAJA Sharon Miller Glenn Smith 7L 9 56.5kg $41
10 11 GOLGOTHA Lindsey Smith Patrick Carbery 8.25L 5 56.5kg $71
11 8 TAXAGANO Stan Bates Jason Whiting 8.75L 15 56.5kg $16
12 5 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Peter Knuckey 10.25L 13 56.5kg $41
13 3 DUKEAZZA Sharon Miller Troy Turner 11L 10 56.5kg $81
14 10 MYCROFT Duane Kitchingman Ryan Hill 11.5L 7 56.5kg $61
15 12 MASTER MAGICIAN Darren Mcauliffe Joseph Azzopardi 12L 3 56.5kg $91
14 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 6

WATC Derby Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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