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.
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 .
|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
|2017||Gatting||Very Tempting||Chill The Champers||2:30.3|
|2016||Arcadia Dream||Who Dat Singa||Culverin||2:31.3|
|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|
|2008||Grand Journey||Yuro||Star Encounter||2:28.8|
|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|
|2002||Honor Lap||Lord Mason||Storm Fille||2:31.5|
|2000||Old Money||Tingling||Grand Turismo||2:30.4|