In training

Snow Fairy (IRE)

Bay Filly
DOB: 12 Feb 2007
Intikhab (USA) x Woodland Dream (IRE) (Charnwood Forest (IRE))
Owner: Anamoine Ltd

The wonderful Snow Fairy is out of the winning mare Woodland Dream, who is a half-sister to Irish National Stud stallion Big Bad Bob. Her second dam is a half-sister to the smart middle-distance performer Persian Lightening, and she is from the further family of Derby winner Oath. 

Snow Fairy embarked on her illustrious career at two when breaking her maiden at Lingfield before finishing third in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. 

However, the very best was yet to come and she made a striking reappearance in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes, the manner of her win convincing her owner to supplement Snow Fairy for the Oaks. That proved a fruitful decision as, partnered by Ryan Moore, she made striking late headway to hit the front inside the final furlong, showing her trademark determination to land the spoils by a neck.

Snow Fairy would have her next assignment at the Curragh where she emulated her former stable companion Ouija Board by completing the Oaks double, becoming the thirteenth filly to do so in what was a stunning eight-length romp.   

Snow Fairy ran creditably in her next two assignments, finishing runner-up to Midday in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks before succumbing to stronger stayers when finishing fourth in the St Leger, the final Classic of the summer. 

However, she regained the winning thread on her overseas travels through the winter, winning the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in the November before plundering the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup less than one month later. In recognition of her achievements, Snow Fairy was crowned Cartier Filly Of The Year in 2010. 

Plans for a trip to Dubai in the spring, where the Grade 1 Sheema Classic was on the agenda, were thwarted by injury, and she remained sidelines until the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, her first start as a four-year-old. She finished fourth behind So You Think on that occasion, and she would continue to ply her trade admirably against the best middle-distance horses when Europe when succumbing to old rival Midday in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes before running second behind Sou You Think in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes. 

Snow Fairy ended her European campaign with two more admirable runs in defeat, finishing third behind Danedream in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe having been drawn wide, while she occupied the same position behind Cirrus De Aigles in the Group 1 Champion Stakes in 2011, run for the first time at Ascot on the inaugural British Champions Day. 

Snow Fairy was then on her travels once more, successfully defending her crown in the Commemorative Cup by utilising her blistering turn of foot from brutally difficult draw. 

She sustained an injury while preparing for Hong Kong again and, after eight months on the sidelines, made an amazing comeback to win the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville. She then notched a career best on what would be her final start, beating the colts in a thrilling renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes. 

Having sustained a further injury, Snow Fairy was retired after her Irish exertions, with her career record standing at seven top-tier wins having acrued over £4million in prize money. She has now embarked on her second life as a broodmare. 

Link to form and entries  (courtesy of the Racing Post; opens in a new window)

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