2010 WATC Derby Final Field & Betting Preview

April 22nd, 2010

On Saturday the esteemed Ascot racecourse is set to host Perth’s next feature race, the $500,000 Group 1 Western Australian Turf Club (WATC) Derby (2400m).

The 2010 Schweppes WATC Derby has attracted a field of 15 exciting three-year-olds ready to fight it out for the lucrative $300,000 first prize and attain Group 1 autumn racing glory.

Brother Mak is the current pre-race favourite paying $3.70 for a win with Ladbrokes.com.au. Drawn in barrier seven, the Wally Mitchell-trained Zabeel gelding is coming off a last start victory in the Melvista Stakes (2200m) and has shown great improvement as a stayer over his seven career starts.

Two horses following closely in the betting markets are Bridgestone at $4.60 and Impressive Jeuney at $4.80.

The Neville Parnham-trained Bridgestone has drawn well with barrier four for Saturday, but the Pentire colt is yet to prove himself over the 2400m distance as his greatest win to date is over 1800m.

Meanwhile, talented Jeune filly Impressive Jeuney is coming off two wins including her eye-catching last start victory in the Group 3 Western Australian Oaks (2400m) last Saturday.

Drawn out wide in barrier 10, Impressive Jeuney has the speed, stamina and experience to do well here with Shaun O’Donnell in the mount.

Other top chances in the 2010 WATC Derby include David Haye’s improving Catbird gelding Chartreux, and another three-year-old from the stables of Neville Parnham, God Has Spoken, both drawn ideally in barriers one and three respectively.

Blackfriars colt God Has Spoken was a Group 1 runner-up last year when he ran second to Sniper’s Bullet in the Kingston Town Classic, but has yet to return to the same form this campaign running fifth in the Melvista Stakes last start.

The other major racing action happening across the country on Saturday will be Sydney Cup Day at Randwick, featuring four top Group 1 races including the $400,000 Sydney Cup (3200m) and the $350,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

The 2010 Schweppes WATC Derby is set to run towards the end of the meeting as race seven.

Final Field & Barriers for the 2010 WATC Derby:

#

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
GOD HAS SPOKEN
Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 3 56
2
BRIDGESTONE (NZ)
Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 4 56
3
CHARTREUX
David Hayes Brad Rawiller 1 56
4
ZENTRATE
Fred Kersley Daniel Staeck 6 56
5
BROTHER MAK (NZ)
Wally Mitchell Patrick Carbery 7 56
6
SMART TWISTER
Lindsey Smith Alan Kennedy 2 56
7
FOUR FLOORS
Darren McAuliffe Paul King 15 56
8
CAMPOBELLO
Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 13 56
9
GUEST WING
Shane A Edwards William Pike 9 56
10
BAG OF NAILS
Simon A Miller John Claite 12 56
11
HEAR THE DRUMS
Brett Pope Noel Rudland 14 56
12
BENCONI
Tony Noonan Link Robertson 11 56
13
IMPRESSIVE JEUNEY
Darren McAuliffe Shaun O’Donnell 10 54
14
BROCCOLETTA
Len Morton Troy Turner 5 54
15
TEST CASE
Ivan Haggerty Jason Brown 8 54