2022 WATC Derby Day Tips & Preview

We’re in the thick of the autumn action in Perth on Saturday, and the Group 2 WATC Derby headlines an exciting program at Ascot.

I’ve run the rule over every race, and you can find my complete 2022 WATC Derby Day Tips below.

Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1000m) – 2:04pm AEST
No Bet

Acromantula has opened a clear and justifiable favourite in the first, having recorded two wins and three second placings from his five starts back this time.

He’s clearly the one to beat and I think he’ll win, but the $1.70 about him at publish is too short for me.

Pepsi Max Handicap (1100m) – 2:41pm AEST
No. 9 Sniparoochy

Sniparoochy has also opened a firm favourite on WATC Derby Day, but with a little meat left on the bone, I’m keen to have something on.

Sniparoochy returned some nice efforts in strong company last time in, and I thought that there was a lot to like about her first-up effort for third, beaten less than a length here last week.

She harbours plenty of improvement and will take a power of beating.

Schweppes Tonic Plate (1100m) – 3:21pm AEST
No. 1 Swear To God

Swear To God has only made one appearance at the races so far, but he couldn’t have been much more impressive, and he can begin his rise through the grades on WATC Derby Day.

The Playing God colt showed plenty of promise at the trials prior to debuting, and he put the writing on the wall with a dominant win here a fortnight ago.

He’ll only improve for that experience, and something like this does look the next logical point of call.

Westspeed Platinum Autumn Series Heat 2 (1200m) – 4:01pm AEST
No Bet

Another race in Perth, another short-priced favourite in Premium Choice ($1.65 at publish).

Premium Choice hasn’t missed placing in three starts back this time, and to be fair, and has been pretty impressive.

I think he’ll win as well, but if I wasn’t going to take $1.70 in Race 1, I’m not going to go even shorter here.

Cool Ridge Handicap (1200m) – 4:39pm AEST
No. 1 Featherweight

Harmika has opened a $1.75 favourite in the fifth…. But I am going to take him on.

The one that I think represents some value in this contest is the Dan Morton-trained Featherweight.

Featherweight returned to the races with a lovely effort to finish a length second at this track and trip, and he blew them away in a similar contest last time.

This is another rise in class, but he harbours further improvement, and he can win again.

Crown Perth Handicap (1400m) – 5:15pm AEST
No. 5 Comes A Time

Comes A Time is chasing a hat-trick on WATC Derby Day, and I think he’ll pull it off.

The Sessions gelding finished second at each of his first three starts back this time, and his last two efforts have suggested that he’s find peak order.

I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish, particularly under Chris Parnham and from the good draw.

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Amelia Park Handicap (2400m) – 5:55pm AEST
No. 5 Black Chips

There is a case to be made for a few of them in Race 7 at Ascot on Saturday, but I am going to have something on the consistent Black Chips, at a nice price ($8 at publish).

Simply put, Black Chips doesn’t know how to run a bad race, and he has missed placing only once in his last nine trips to the races, winning three times.

He has been up and racing for some time, but he continues to find, and as long as he holds his form, he can fight out the finish again.

Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) – 6:35pm AEST
No. 3 Alaskan God

Alaskan God has recorded four wins from as many starts this time, and he’s the one to beat in this year’s WATC Derby.

The Playing God gelding didn’t show a lot in his debut back in October and was immediately put away, and that decision began to pay dividends early when he resuming this time to record a comfortable win at Pinjarra.

Since then, he has only improved with each start, as he’s gotten further out in trip and as the bar has been raised, and he was last seen comfortably winning the Listed Melvista Stakes.

He’s rock-hard fit and assuming he sees out the mile and a half, he can win again.

Furphy Handicap (1600m) – 7:15pm AEST
No. 10 Trade War

Trade War has proven to be the bane of punters’ existence a few times recently, but I am going to give him one last chance on WATC Derby Day.

The Trade Fair gelding won at Pinjarra when resuming back in December, and he has missed placing only once in six subsequent appearances, but he has also failed to win.

He’s rock-hard fit, and I think that this race maps nicely for him, so I’m happy to have something on again.