picture of horse and the jockey taken from behind

Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall followed up from her astonishing 16 length Cazoo Oaks win at Epsom with another wide-margin victory over at The Curragh in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks. Sent off the 2/7 favourite, in hindsight she looked great value at that price bolting up by 8 ½ lengths. As racecourse bookmaker Martyn of Leicester would shout, ‘Money without work!’ There had been a great deal of anticipation to see if the mesmerising victory at Epsom could be replicated and a very different course and going. 

As they turned for home, stablemate Willow who had set a strong pace was still in front with Snowfall behind a quartet of horses. Just at the right time a gap opened like the Red Sea. All Ryan Moore on board had to do was push her out and she streaked effortlessly clear to win with consummate ease. 

After the race the Aidan O’Brien said that everyone involved with her was delighted with her and that after Epsom’s win on heavy ground he didn’t want to overdo her. With that in mind they purposely let her down a little bit from Epsom because the season is going to roll on. He added that the plan was to come here, go on to the Yorkshire Oaks and then she’d be ready for the autumn and that she’d done very well from Epsom physically, she’s got very big and strong and that they’ll go one race at a time now, the Yorkshire Oaks first.

Ryan Moore said that she’d been impressive in all her runs but what she did at Epsom was unbelievable. He added that Aidan always had a high opinion of her. Of today’s race he said that she has a great temperament and takes it well. He added that she travelled very well today and got the front very comfortably and that she did it well and that he was very happy with what she did today. His observation was that the step up in trip has suited her, that she’s a leggy filly who got a little bit stronger over the winter and that there’s no reason why she can’t keep improving. 

Bookmakers William Hill made Snowfall a top priced ‘wrist on’ 4/5 to win the Yorkshire Oaks at York on 19th August. If you want some of that and can get on with that firm, then you don’t want to hang about as she’s a more defensively priced 4/7 chance in the wider market. Looking further ahead you can back her at 5/1 for the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe on October 3rd but backers beware she needs to be supplemented to take her chance. 

Simon Nott

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