Minister Paul Papalia Trophy

Schweppes WATC-Derby Day Delivers at Ascot Racecourse

Nearly 3000 people flooded into Ascot Racecourse on April 8 for the Schweppes-WATC Derby Day. 

The Hon. Paul Papalia CSC, MLA, Western Australia's new Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests joined Perth Racing for the finale of the Ascot Autumn Racing Carnival, presenting the 2 year old, Paul Papalia Trophy to winner Resistance.“Perth Racing was delighted to host the Hon Paul Papalia CSC, MLA and Cassandra Rowe MLA,  Member for Belmont for the Schweppes-WATC Derby Day here at Ascot Racecourse.  The mix of traditional black and white was a real hit, and the cooler autumn weather brought people out in their finest, said Professor John Yovich AM, Managing Director of Perth Racing.

Gatting, trained by Darren Mcauliffe won the $400,000 Schweppes-WATC Derby with jockey Matthieu Autier, Very Tempting second, and Chill the Champers third. 

The 2017 Schweppes-WATC Derby Day follows on from the exciting and refreshing vibes from last week’s Amelia Park Karrakatta Plate Day. Black and White dress didn’t stop patrons from enjoying the many colourful activities. Enjoying the beautiful flower walls, customised outfit illustrations from Michelle Pike, live music, pop-up Beauty Bar, freshly shucked Oysters and Mumm Champagne Bar and Lavazza Espresso Martini’s to boot.

The day featured traditional black and white dress with a modern twist and splash of red. Guests dressed in latest trends, featuring bold prints, monochrome and red headpieces.  With Perth Racing ambassador, Brittany Taylor hosting the Red Shoe Society Black and White Party with style in the gorgeous Sky Villa marquee.

Guests were immersed in the live entertainment, make-up factory red lip lounge, food, drinks and DJ whilst supporting a great cause. Multiple jockeys joined the cause and wore red boots, to raise awareness and funds in support of the Red Shoe Society and Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Ascot’s busy year of events will continue next week with Perth Racing being the first club in Australia to stage a raceday meeting on Good Friday. The event is free entry and perfect for families and groups of friends looking for something different this Easter weekend.  With great racing, food trucks, bars and music to enjoy we are looking forward to hosting people in a relaxed afternoon on Good Friday.