SERENA FLY HIGH (Bit Chili- Sky Fly High) lifted the spirits of the Withers family with a narrow victory in the final of the Mandurah Middle Distance Championship. Trainer Steve Withers and his wife Kira lost their 2014 WA Oaks winner Free Candy during the week through illness. Serena Fly High had finished second in her heat behind Ashton Monelli and was crossed early by Topology who led until wobbling out of the fence on the home corner. In the home straight Withers bitch railed strongly and won by half a length in 36.90 to bring a smile to the families faces again.
VANDERWORP (Kelsos Fusileer- High Recall) jumped brilliantly from box 1 and then just put a margin on his rivals as he raced clear to win by 7 3/4 lengths in a PB 27.28. The Chris Halse youngster has now won 6 of 10 career starts including wins in heats of the Gr 2 WA Derby and Mandurah Derby.
ESS BEE (Spring Gun- Dashandy Black) jumped fairly and then was squeezed running into the first corner soon after the start. The red fawn bitch then balanced up and charged through to take the lead going off the back straight. The Derek Coldstream bitch then went on to win by 4 3/4 lengths in 27.82.
FUN BOSS (Kinloch Brae- Alotta Fun) was able to cross from box 8 and return to the winners circle for the first time since March with a 6 length victory over the in form Supreme Ollie in 27.71. The Lexia Isaac trained dog has now won 33 times in his 92 starts and over $230,000 in stakes as he approaches 4 years of age.