2010 Western Australian Derby Preview

March 12th, 2010

This year Perth’s only autumn Group 1 race, the WATC Western Australian Derby, will take place at WA’s premier metropolitan racing venue, Ascot racecourse on Saturday April 24.

Held during the coveted Sky Channel Autumn Racing Carnival, the 2010 WATC Derby is worth $500, 000 and will be sponsored by Schweppes.

The Western Australian Derby always attracts a quality field of mainly local three-year-old stayers and this year is sure to be another big event.

Last year the Western Australian Derby drew one of its most impressive fields to date when leading Caulfield trainer Peter Moody claimed victory with his Victorian raider Markus Maximus.

Will the title go to a local galloper this year, or will another runner from across the border leave with the riches?

Held the week before on April 17, the Group 3 Western Australian Oaks (2400m) is an excellent indicator for three-year-old fillies on their way to the WATC Derby where they will face an open field of rivals.

One horse named as being bound for the 2010 WATC Derby is the Fred Kersley-trained Zentrate

One horse named as being bound for the 2010 WATC Derby is the Fred Kersley-trained Zentrate.

Once announced, the nominations and then final field for the 2010 $500, 000 Group 1 Schweppes W.A.T.C Derby (2400m) will be published here.