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Snow Fairy added another Group 1 success to her CV

Bloodstock Bites

Wed, 12 September 2012

 This week saw Ed Dunlop’s stable star continue her fairytale return from injury at Leopardstown, and Oasis Dream enjoyed a continental double.

  • Snow Fairy continued her dazzling comeback with a commanding victory over Eclipse winner Nathaniel (Galileo) to land the Irish Champion Stakes. The daughter of Intikhab, who suffered a tendon injury in November, proved she was as good as ever when returning last month to win the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet, with Sunday’s victory taking her tally to seven top-flight titles. Whilst another outing or two certainly seems on the cards for Ed Dunlop’s star mare, preparations are already underway for her second career, where a visit to Elusive Pimpernel (Elusive Quality) looks a likely booking. Snow Fairy hails from the family of Group 3 winner turned stallion Big Bad Bob, and further down the line, 1999 Derby hero Oath. 
  • Born To Sea may have proved no match for Snow Fairy at Leopardstown, but the well-bred colt could soon be set to follow her off to stud. The three-parts brother to outstanding 2009 dual Classic winner Sea The Stars (Cape Cross), out of legendary mare Urban Sea (Miswaki), showed much promise when winning a Listed event at the Curragh on his debut, but while consistently performing at the highest level, has failed to notch up another victory. Nevertheless, as a half-sibling to three-time Champion Sire Galileo and hailing from something of a dynasty at stud, the son of Invincible Spirit will no doubt be selected as a match for many a quality mare once a stud has been selected.
  • Fame At Last (Quest For Fame) may not yet be quite the household name that Urban Sea has become, but the Juddmonte homebred enjoyed a big weekend double in Ireland. It was the lesser-known of her two runners to kick-off proceedings as the juvenile Big Break (Dansili) broke her duck on the second time of asking to win easily at Leopardstown, cruising four lengths clear of nearest rival Monaco Mist (Montjeu) in a seven furlong maiden. The double was completed by Big Break’s ultra-reliable sibling Famous Name, whose triumph in the Group 3 Solonaway Stakes represented a 13th Pattern win for the seven-year-old, 20 victories in total, all of which have been with the aid of Pat Smullen, who partnered both  of Fame At Last’s runners over the weekend.
  • Sky Lantern earned her late sire, Red Clubs, a first Group 1 win when trumping her rivals in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. From the second and last crop of Ronald Arculli’s sprinting star, the Richard Hannon-trained filly has finished in the top two from all five starts, including when twice second at Group 3 level before stepping up in style on Sunday.
  • The connections of Sir Percy and Raven’s Pass both had a memorable week thanks to first black-type wins courtesy of Alla Speranza and Steeler respectively. The former, a three-year-old filly out of the Listed-winning Selkirk mare Alvarita, has come close on several occasions but finally got the better of her four rivals in Sunday’s Group 3 Kilternan Stakes. Steeler, a juvenile representing freshman sire Raven’s Pass, also just missed out at York when three-quarters of a length behind Dundonnell in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes, but a drop down in class enabled the Mark Johnston-trained colt to readily account for the field in Tuesday’s Peter Willett Stakes at Goodwood. 
  • In fairly topical news following the release of Hollywood’s take on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Battle Of Marengo, out of a Green Desert mare of the same name, landed the Listed Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. Despite a slipped saddle the son of Galileo, ridden by Joseph O’Brien whose father Aidan trains the colt, put three lengths over the field before easing close to home, leaving runner-up Trading Leather (Teofilo) one and three-quarter lengths adrift.
  • Five-time winner and seasoned campaigner Steele Tango will stand at Northamptonshire’s Lodge Farm for the coming season as a dual-purpose sire. The seven-year-old son of Okawango not only earned a Group 3 title in the Darley Stakes ahead of subsequent Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium, but on the two occasions Roger Teal’s flag-bearer clashed with Twice Over, he came off the better. A stud fee has yet to be announced for the new resident.
  • Juddmonte’s Oasis Dream posted a big Sunday double across the continent after his progeny claimed black-type races in Italy and Germany. Sandreamer, making the journey from Mick Channon’s West Ilsley base, held on by a short head from Grand Treasure to land the Premio Eupili at San Siro, a Listed event for two-year-old fillies. Just 25 minutes later her paternal sibling Waldtraut was again flying the flag for Oasis Dream girls in the one mile Listed Grosser Preis der Matellbau Burckhardt GmbH at Hanover. Oasis Dream remains the most expensive stallion on Juddmonte’s roster at £85,000 for 2012, a year in which his son Power won the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
  • Former dual Champion racehorse turned sire Rainbows For Life was put down last week due to old age. The Canadian-bred raced in his native country, winning 15 of 36 starts including the Grade 1 Coronation Futurity Stakes, before initially retiring to Rathbarry Stud in Ireland. During his time on the Emerald Isle black-type winners included No Lies, Tycoon’s Dolce and Group 2 scorer Rhenium.  The son of Lyphard was later sold to stand at Hrebcin Napajedla in the Czech Republic, going on to sire dual Velka Pardubicka Chase winner Sixteen, domestic Classic winners, and Czech Horse of the Year Ready For Life.