Snowfall Wins Irish Oaks in a Canter

Tara Madgwick - Saturday July 17

It was another Oaks and another daylight victory for Deep Impact filly Snowfall, who added the Irish Oaks at the Curragh overnight to her Epsom Oaks victory last month

Coolmore have already enjoyed success at the highest level through the use of the late Deep Impact, notably through dual Group I winner Saxon Warrior (Jpn), and it’s worked magic again for them with Snowfall.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, Snowfall was a  red hot favourite following her 16 length domination at Epsom and while the margin was half of that this time, an eight length win in a Group I is still a parade by any other name.

She sauntered clear of Galileo filly Divinely, who finished third to her at Epsom, with two fillies by American Pharoah filling third and fourth placings in Nicest and Willow.

“Snowfall is a very special filly with a lot of quality. We let her down a little from Epsom and she did very well from there physically. The next target is the Yorkshire Oaks and we'll take it one step at a time from there,” said Aidan O'Brien.

A homebred for the Coolmore partners, Snowfall has the overall record of four wins and a third from 10 starts and is undefeated this year, improving sharply when stepped up to staying races following a busy juvenile season when she won only one of seven starts.

Snowfall is the first winner for Galileo’s Group III winner Best in the World, a full sister to Champion 3YO Filly Found, winner of an Arc and a Breeders Cup Turf, and also Divinely, who is working towards a Group I win of her own.

There have been five stakes-winners by Deep Impact from daughters of Galileo, the nick running at 16.1% stakes-winners to runners.

Coolmore will stand Deep Impact’s two time Group I winning son Saxon Warrior in the Hunter Valley this spring at a fee of $13,750 and he is also from a daughter of Galileo.

Saxon Warrior


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