Snowfall completes English-Irish Oaks double in style at the Curragh

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Sat 17 Jul 2021

Watch a full replay of Snowfall's sensational Juddmonte Irish Oaks victory plus reaction from Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore in our report.

Full replay: Juddmonte Irish Oaks

Snowfall stormed to success in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday to become the 15th filly to complete the English-Irish Oaks double.

On the back of her spectacular 16-length rout at Epsom last month, the daughter of Deep Impact was sent off the 2-7 favourite in the Curragh showpiece, and never gave her supporters a moment’s doubt.

Stablemate Willow lead at a decent pace, with Snowfall, who raced a shade keenly under Ryan Moore, sat fourth on the rail.

A gap opened perfectly for the favourite turning for home before being pushed out by Moore under hands and heels in the closing stages as she powered away from her toiling rivals, and scored by eight and a half lengths.

It was a second victory in the Irish Oaks for Moore, and a sixth for Aidan O'Brien, and the superstar filly emulates the likes of Sariska, Enable and Ouija Board.

Divinely was second to give Ballydoyle a one-two. Nicest, trained by O’Brien’s son, Donnacha, was half a length away in third.

Snowfall was cut to 4-1 from 5-1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Coral and 4-1 from 11-2 with Paddy Power.

Watch what Aidan O'Brien had to say about Snowfall, Love, Santa Barbara, St Mark's Basilica, Bolshoi Ballet plus many more at the Curragh on Saturday

O’Brien said: “She’s very smart and she has a lot of quality.

“We purposely let her down a little bit from Epsom because the season is going to roll on and it was soft ground at Epsom.

“The plan was to come here, go on to the Yorkshire Oaks and then she’d be ready for the autumn.

“I’m delighted with her and she’s done very well from Epsom physically, she’s got very big and strong.

“Ryan said she has a lot of speed. She goes very strong and she finishes out very well.

“We’ll go one race at a time now, the Yorkshire Oaks first.”

"There's no reason why she won't carry on improving" - Ryan Moore on Snowfall

On her two-year-old form, O’Brien said: “She’s a filly that always had a lot of natural ability and we had to get her to relax a little bit so we didn’t worry too much about it as we were always concentrating on switching her off.

“Things went against her. Her first run was over five and a half furlongs in Navan and Mother Earth was second.

“Then she came back here to a maiden and Seamus (Heffernan) nearly fell off her. That’s why it took a few runs to win a maiden and it might have been a blessing in disguise as she became very mature and grown up from it mentally.

“Because she was busy early in the season it might have took its toll at the end of the season – even though she was perfect mentally, physically she had a good few runs.

“Herself and Mother Earth ran in the Fillies’ Mile and we were nearly siding with her over Mother Earth. That’s what we always thought of her.

“She’s a home-bred for the lads as well, she has some pedigree.

“We always thought fast ground was her thing and I was very worried in Epsom about her with that ground.”

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