Serena Brotherton wins another Newbury Derby
Ladies Derby held at Newbury has become something of a speciality for our multiple champion lady rider Serena Brotherton with success in this race being enjoyed by her for the 6th time on Saturday 13th August.
8 runners and lady riders went to post for the Betfred Ladies Derby with Serena riding for Alan King aboard COSMEAPOLITAN who started 10/11 favourite. The partnership were always in touch and made smooth headway to lead two furlongs from home and win easily by 10 lengths from Becky Smith and SAMTU for Marjorie Fife 2nd with Hayley Moore 3rd aboard WHINGING WILLIE for her father Gary.
Winning trainer Alan King said “Cosmeapolitan didn’t handle Goodwood at all on his latest start but has been in good form since. Serena was on the phone as soon as the entries came out and, as soon as she said she would ride him, I knew that we would come here. He is going to go up a fair bit for this but hopefully he can win again and he jumps extremely well, so I do think that he will make a lovely juvenile hurdler as well.”
Congratulations to Serena and winning connections on this victory which significantly gave Serena her 5th win of the season to re-join Joanna Mason at the top of the season’s battle for the Ladies Flat Championship. Joanna had just edged into the lead only 2 days earlier with her win at Beverley and so it looks like we may have a game of cat-and-mouse (as last year) between these two top lady riders. However, all is far from over this season as Amie Waugh with 3 wins so far has them in her sights, whilst Becky Smith and Catherine Walton are on 2 wins apiece. Good luck all!