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Snow Fairy and Ryan Moore win the Darley Irish Oaks The Curragh 18.07.2010

Snow Fairy won the Irish Oaks in comprehensive fashion

  PICTURE: PATRICK MCCANN 

 

Fairy's stamina doubts are a thing of the past

 

Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1), The Curragh, 12f

SNOW FAIRY (3 f Intikhab-Woodland Dream by Charnwood Forest)

Breeder:Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc 

BASED on the way she ran away with the Darley Irish Oaks, it is curious to recall that there were doubts over Snow Fairy's stamina prior to her winning the Epsom equivalent.

After all, her sire Intikhab's finest hour came when winning the Group 2 Queen Anne Stakes and his best progeny, including Hoh Mike, Red Evie and Without A Prayer,have all proved themselves in sprints or over a mile.

Snow Fairy's dam, the Charnwood Forest mare Woodland Dream, won one race, over 7f, and she is a half-sister to high-class 1m to 1m2f performer Big Bad Bob, who this season is proving an eye-catching sire.

That said, Snow Fairy's maternal grand-dam is a half-sister to smart middle-distance performer Persian Lightning and further back this is the family of 1999 Derby winner Oath. Both he and Snow Fairy trace back to the 1964-foaled Alcide mare Miss Upward.

Snow Fairy was bred by her owner Cristina Patino under the banner of Windflower Overseas Holdings. Patino has also enjoyed big-race success with other members of the filly's family, including half-brothers Elusive Pimpernel and Palavicini.

Snow Fairy had been knocked down to BBA Ireland for just €1,800 at the 2008 Tattersalls Ireland December Flat Sale but races for Patino.

 

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