WATC Derby

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Looking for early info on this year’s WATC Derby? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run in early to mid April at Ascot Racecourse in Perth, the WATC Derby is a lucrative Group 2 race worth $400,000 in prize money. The set weights showdown takes place over 2400m and is open only to three-year-old runners. It is traditionally held on the same day as Sydney’s ‘The Championships Day 2’ card.

The Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) serves as a key lead-up for any fillies heading into the WATC Derby field 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) interstate double in Adelaide and Tuscan Queen (2020).

The WATC Derby has been won by a number of future turf stars including Arcadia Queen (2016) and subsequent $5 million The All-Star Mile champion Regal Power (2019).

Many WATC Derby champions go on to contest that summer’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) with Regal Power (2019) and Western Empire (2021) the latest to do the double in the same calendar year.

watc derby 2022 – quick information

  • Race Day: Saturday, April 9th, 2022
  • Track Location: Ascot Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set Weights 
  • Qualification: Three year olds 
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: Western Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $400,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1888
  • 2022 WATC Derby Winner: Alaskan God

watc derby 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 WATC Derby results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday April 9, 2022. 

  1. #3 Alaskan God
  2. #4 Pale Rider
  3. #6 Black Fantasy

watc derby Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the WATC Derby, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s WATC Derby
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s WATC Derby.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s WATC Derby. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the WATC Derby, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the WATC Derby, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the WATC Derby to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the WATC Derby to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the WATC Derby to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the WATC Derby, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The WATC Derby in 2022

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on WATC Derby Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

WATC Derby 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 WATC Derby will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Which Horse Will Win The watc derby in 2022

The best way to pick which horse will win the WATC Derby in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up autumn racing form, assess the barrier draw, consider the weights and back the proven young stayers in the mix. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the WATC Derby winner include: 

  • Group 3 WA Oaks – Three-year-olds fillies contesting the event may have an earlier lead-up in the WA Oaks that has produced a number of recent Derby champions including Tuscan Queen (2020).
  • Local Legends – Locally-trained youngsters from Perth dominate the field and WATC Derby results each season.

WATC Derby Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 WATC Derby betting include Alaskan God and Trix Of The Trade who ran one-two respectively in the Melvista Stakes last time out.  

Tuscan Queen ($1.40 in 2020) followed by fellow odds-on fancy Western Empire ($1.30 in 2021) are the latest WATC Derby favourites to win.

watc derby 2022 Field

The official 2022 WATC Derby field of final acceptances is announced on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced. 

WATC Derby 2022 Tips

Favourite: #1 Trix Of The Trade ($2.35 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #1 Trix Of The Trade to salute for the punters (see above)

Best Roughie: #13 Lady Chant ($13 at time of publish)

Our exclusive 2022 WATC Derby tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


WATC Derby Race Day 2022

WATC Derby Day 2022 runs on Saturday the 9th of April, 2022 and the Group 2 WATC Derby is the sole Group status race on the program.

The event is run on the same day as Sydney’s popular Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick that features four Group 1 races headlined by the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

WATC Derby Barrier Draw 2022

The 2022 WATC Derby barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and will be published in our above WATC Derby Field section. 

WATC DErby Nominations 2022

Nominations are taken on Tuesday the 21st February, 2022.

The W.A.T.C. Derby 2022 nominations drew 47 three-year-olds including the Colin Webster-trained WA Breeders Classic winner Trix Of The Trade and the second-placed filly in that key lead-up Fine Romance.

watc derby Weights 2022

Set weights conditions apply to this race. Colts and geldings carry 56.5kg and fillies 54.5kg. Weights on the final acceptors to be published in our above WATC Derby Field section.

watc derby Acceptances 2022

Final acceptances must be declared before 10 AM (AEDT) on Monday the 4th of April, 2022 and will be published in our above WATC Derby Field section. 

watc derby Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is for Wednesday the 6th of April, 2022 at 3:00PM (AEDT) with jockeys to be published in our above WATC Derby Field section. 

watc derby Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 11:00 AM (AEDT) on Saturday, the 9th of April, 2022. 

watc derby prize Money 2022

The WATC Derby prize purse is worth $400,000 in total, distributed from places first through to 10th.

Place Prize Money
1st $236,000
2nd $80,000
3rd $36,000
4th $16,000
5th $8,000
6th $4,000
7th $4,000
8th $4,000
9th $4,000
10th $4,000

watc derby Race Number 2022

The 2021 WATC Derby is set to run as Ascot Race 8 at 4:35pm (AWST) on Saturday the 9th of April, 2022. There are nine races in total that day at Ascot Racecourse. 

watc derby Form Guide 2022

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 WATC Derby Form Guide following final acceptances. 


watc derby Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 WATC Derby live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

WATC Derby Winners

Winners of the WATC Derby going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. 

2022 Alaskan God Pale Rider Black Fantasy 2:31.7
2021 Western Empire Temptacion 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