2021 WATC Derby Day Tips & Preview

Group 2 racing returns to Ascot in Perth on Saturday and the WATC Derby headlines an impressive program.

Read on to find a preview of every race and my complete 2021 WATC Derby Day tips.

Westspeed Platinum Autumn Series Heat 2 (1100m) – 1:58pm AEST
No. 4 City Circle

City Circle is rock-hard fit and won’t be offered a better opportunity to win on a Saturday than this.

The Neville Parnham-trained mare has returned plenty of pleasing efforts around good horses this prep and enters this race off the back of a close second behind Requisition over 1000m here.

She’s drawn well and is the runner to beat.

Max Handicap (1600m) – 2:34pm AEST
No. 1 Notorious One

Notorious One will take good improvement from his first-up hit out and looks up to winning the second on WATC Derby Day.

The Animal Kingdom gelding has recorded three wins from just six career starts so far and while he finished seventh when resuming, he was only just over a length behind the winner.

Brad Parnham rides from an inside draw and the horse can record another win.

Cool Ridge Handicap (1200m) – 3:19pm AEST
No. 8 Let's Cut Loose

Let’s Cut Loose faces a rise in class, but she was an impressive winner when resuming and can continue her rise through the grades.

The Exceed And Excel filly finished down the order at Northam on debut and was immediately sent to the paddock, a decision that paid immediate dividends when she won impressively here a couple of weeks ago.

With natural improvement and under William Pike, she can win again.

Crown Perth Plate (1100m) – 3:59pm AEST
No. 1 Ain't No Other Man

Ain’t No Other Man is another last-start maiden winner with prospects of winning again on WATC Derby Day.

The three-year-old son of Gingerbread Man mustered a nice turn of foot to comfortably beat his rivals here a fortnight ago, and he looks to be a horse with a future.

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Amelia Park Handicap (1600m) – 4:38pm AEST
No. 5 Adornment

Adornment hasn’t been seen at the races since early January, but I think that she can have an impact on this race.

The Medaglia D’oro mare recorded consecutive wins over 2200m here in summer and was spelled after failing to fire in the Perth Cup.

Whatever she does here she’ll improve from, but we can have an each-way play at the price.

Solo Zero Handicap (1200m) – 5:15pm AEST
No. 3 Some Sort

Some Sort looks well placed to win the sixth on WATC Derby Day.

The Adam Durrant-trained gelding found form around some of Perth’s better gallopers last time in, and his resuming effort third time for third over 1200m here suggested that he is in for another glittering prep.

He is drawn a peach in barrier 4 and will take plenty of beating.

Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) – 5:50pm AEST
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The strong and consistent Clairvoyance has opened a $1.50 favourite in Marjorie Charleson Classic betting, and justifiably so.

I can’t find one to beat her, but I also don’t want to dive in at that price, so I’m going to multi her with the favourite in Race 8.

Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) – 6:30pm AEST
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Western Empire has opened a clear $1.35 favourite in WATC Derby betting, and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be winning again.

To reiterate what I said in the previous tip, I’m going to multi him with Clairvoyance both to win for odds of $2.01 (at publish).

Furphy Handicap (1400m) – 7:10pm AEST
No. 8 Creator

Creator will take beating in the last on the program.

The former Peter & Paul Snowden runner turned in a competitive performance for fourth here in his first start for the Gangemis last month, and he only just missed over 1200m last time out.

Fitter third-up, this looks a lovely race for him.