Better Life storms to victory in $1.15m Singapore Derby

Better Life storms to victory in $1.15m Singapore Derby
Better Life, ridden by English jockey Alan Munro, galloping to the Emirates Singapore Derby crown on Sunday despite a slow start.

SINGAPORE - Even Mother Nature could not deny Better Life as it stormed to victory in the $1.15 million Emirates Singapore Derby on Sunday.

Pre-race drizzle had punters at Kranji racecourse wondering if the overwhelming race favourite - who had never run on soft ground before - could cope.

But, ridden by the irrepressible Alan Munro, the four-year-old mare burst ahead at the 300-metre mark to claim top honours in the 16-horse showpiece.

She finished 11/4 lengths ahead of Wild Geese, which was a tighter winning margin than many had predicted.

Munro, however, was just pleased to be home first, mouthing the word "Phew" when speaking to reporters.

The gleeful-looking Englishman said: "We left it late but she showed just why she's the fastest horse in the field.

"A slow start was expected, given how long she's been out."

The stayer had not competed since the Singapore Airlines International Cup in May, when she finished seventh - the only time she has finished out of the top four positions in all races.

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