Monday 20 November 2017

fairy the one to beat

THE fantastic clash of two brilliant mares and one outstanding filly could well be landed by the youngest of the talented trio, the Ed Dunlop-trained Snow Fairy. She is selected to upstage Sariska and Midday in the Fillies' Oaks at York, WRITES JA McGRATH.

You couldn't but be impressed by Snow Fairy's Epsom Oaks victory, when she swept through from well back in the field to win under a very confident Ryan Moore. She must have made up 10 lengths in the home straight alone.

But the ease with which she then won the Irish Oaks at The Curragh, cruising to victory by eight lengths, was the mark of a budding champion. It is a matter of whether she can maintain her upward climb through the ranks.

Today is a fair test as Sariska -- last year's Oaks winner at Epsom -- has great class, having finished runner-up to Fame And Glory in the Coronation Cup in June. The ground should prove ideal on this, her first outing since then.

Midday enjoyed her greatest moment when taking the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita last November.

This season, she looked to be back to her best when winning the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Irish Independent

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