Derby hero Serpentine to join Joseph O’Brien after sale to record Melbourne Cup winner Lloyd Williams

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Serpentine: the 2020 Derby winner has been sold to Lloyd Williams. Photo: Racenews

By Jon Lees

Ireland: The 2020 Derby winner Serpentine has been sold to major Australian owner Lloyd Williams and is to join Joseph O’Brien.

The four-year-old son of Galileo has changed hands, having been unable to add to his Classic-winning score for Aidan O’Brien since his triumph at Epsom.

Serpentine pulled off a huge shock when he made virtually all the running to land the Derby under Emmet McNamara at a starting price of 25-1 in the colours of Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.

He slipped the field descending to Tattenham Corner to race into a 12-length lead and held much of his advantage to win by 5½ lengths from Khalifa Sat. 

In his next two starts, Serpentine finished fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris and filled the same position in the Qipco Champion Stakes. He has yet to finish in the money in 2021, producing his best run on his latest start when seventh in the Goodwood Cup.

Williams is one of Australia’s most successful owners, winning the Melbourne Cup a record seven times. He gained his most recent success last year with Twilight Payment, trained by Joseph O’Brien.

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