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WATC Derby

The WATC Derby is a Group 2 classic event for three-year-olds held each April at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia during the autumn racing carnival. The race is run over the traditonal derby distance of 2400 metres and offers $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 WATC Derby was won by Action from Like A Butterfly with Media Baron third.

In 2011 the Australian Pattern Comittee downgraded the WATC Derby to Group 2 level and prizemoney was reduced from $500,000 to $400,000.

2018 WATC Derby info

Date: Saturday 21st April 2018
Track: Ascot racecourse, Perth
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $400,000
2018 Winner: Action

The WATC Derby is the premier staying event for three-year-olds held in Western Australia each year. It typically gathers together the best local 3yo talent and any interested three-year-olds from other states around the country.

Taking place during the Perth autumn carnival at Ascot, the WATC Derby winner is more often than not just a handy galloper, rather than a topliner, as most of the best three-year-olds will be in Sydney during the autumn for the prestigious ATC Australian Derby and ATC Australian Oaks.

Typically, the winner of the WATC Derby will just be an above average local type or a more than handy interstate raider who may go on to be competitive in better quality races without rising to any great heights.

Any capable fillies who contested the Gr2 WA Oaks the previous month may consider taking on the boys in the WA Derby and both Delicacy (2015) and Dreamaway (2011) are the most recent fillies to claim the WA Oaks & WATC Derby double. Arcadia Dream (2016) finished runner-up in the WA Oaks before winning this race.

Interesingly enough, the WATC Derby has provided a couple of recent Gr2 Perth Cup winners with Guyno (2007) and Cats Fun (2006) both going on to win the Perth Cup after winning the Derby as a three-year-old. Guyno won the Perth Cup in 2009 and Cats Fun was successful in 2008, while Guest Wing (8th in 2010) finished unplaced in this race before going on to win the 2011 Perth Cup.

Action (2018) ran fifth in the Listed Melvista Stakes over 2200m at Ascot before scoring the easiest of victories in this event and recent WATC Derby winners include Gatting (2017) and Arcadia Dream (2016).

2018 WATC Derby result

1. $3.50 Action 56.5 William Pike
2. $11.00 Like A Butterfly 54.5 Jason Whiting
3. $11.00 Media Baron 56.5 Paul Harvey

then followed
4. $4.40 Money Maher 56.5 Jarrad Noske
=5. $4.80 Sentimental Friend 56.5 Shaun Mc Gruddy
=5. $26.00 Magical Charm 54.5 Shaun O'Donnell
7. $51.00 Come Play With Me 56.5 Peter Knuckey
8. $31.00 The Big Show 56.5 Joseph Azzopardi
9. $26.00 American Joy 54.5 Patrick Carbery
10. $18.00 Tellem We're Comin 56.5 Peter Hall
11. $101.00 Hoodlum Thunder 56.5 Troy Turner
12. $61.00 He's A Parker 56.5 Mr Matthieu Autier
13. $101.00 Rojo Calor 56.5 Ms Lucy Warwick
14. $16.00 Special Alert 54.5 Chris Parnham
15. $81.00 Startthefriar 56.5 Glenn Smith
16. $91.00 Young Thor 56.5 Daniel Staeck

Margins: 4 len, 0.75 len
Time: 2:29.92

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WATC Derby recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
1999 Voile D'Or Latest Ploy From The Hip 2:29.7
1998 Kim Angel Old Nick Matriculate 2:31.0
1997 Hot Jules Mystic Chantry Pennyweight Point 2:31.3
1996 Capricious Lass Strike Swiftly Stylish Mahal 2:31.2
1995 Crying Game Unpretentious Achtung Baby 2:29.9
1994 Beaux Art King Of Saxony Cloudy Bay 2:31.9
1993 Firing Range Native Pilgrim Vagabond Boy 2:27.8
1993 Beaujolais Boy Anniversary Model Dr Gold 2:32.5
1992 Heroicity Lincoln's Court Marooned By Flood 2:30.7
1991 Mirror Magic Storm Trooper Higginsville 2:28.2
1990 Chipolata Royal Flush Kama Dancer 2:28.9
1989 Belele Port Princess Bar Landy 2:29.2
1988 The Bukhra Madam Peppermint She's Got Style 2:31.8