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Supplemented Snow Fairy lands Oaks

Updated: Saturday, 05 Jun 2010 22:49

Snow Fairy benefited from a superb ride from Ryan Moore Champion jockey Ryan Moore grabbed a first Classic at Epsom
Snow Fairy benefited from a superb ride from Ryan Moore Champion jockey Ryan Moore grabbed a first Classic at Epsom

Snow Fairy rewarded her connections decision to supplement her for the Investec Oaks by landing the fillies’ Classic at Epsom for trainer Ed Dunlop and jockey Ryan Moore.

Dunlop, who captured the Oaks with Ouija Board in 2004, and owner Cristina Patino put the prize money gained from the fillies' success at Goodwood just 16 days ago to good use by paying £20,000 to add her to the field.

And three-times title holder Moore stepped up to the plate aboard the 9-1 chance as he weaved a passage through a rough race to lead inside the final furlong and deny Meeznah by a neck.

Aidan O'Brien's Remember When was another to come from off the pace and take third, with Rumoush fourth.

Moore was content to bury his filly back in the field early on, but faced a wall of horses entering the home straight on a sweltering afternoon.

He seized the moment when a gap appeared and fought his way through runners for a comfortable success.

But even the giddy joy of a Classic win failed to move the notoriously reserved jockey.

When quizzed about how he rated his mount heading into the Classic, he quipped ‘about 14-1, or something like that’.

And the 26-year-old added: ‘I don't worry too much about Classics, but it is nice to get the opportunity to win one.

‘It doesn't feel that different though - it is not the Derby.’

His chance to win the Derby will follow 24 hours later aboard Workforce and Dunlop was left to convey the elation of the moment.

He said: ‘I've lost my voice, it's amazing.

‘I have to thank the owner as it was all her idea and it is a fantastic day.

‘It's Ryan's first Classic winner, so it's a great day. It brings back memories of Oaks day 2004 and I hope we can do it again one day.

‘There weren't that many races to go for after she won at Goodwood.

‘We either supplemented her for the Ribblesdale or the Oaks, we decided to go for the Oaks and here we are.

‘There was no pressure from the owner and she is a wonderful woman.

‘She has come from last and it was a masterful ride from a masterful jockey.

‘As soon as we'd decided we were going to run in the race, I had a look at what Sir Michael Stoute had and when it was obvious he was going to have nothing, we got straight on to Ryan and he agreed.

‘We wanted a great jockey and this is a great day.

‘This was Ouija Board's big day and there were many more to come after that.

‘She had a minor issue early on in the season which meant we missed a Classic trial and the whole story is a bit of a fairytale.’

With the filly only being added to the Oaks field five days ago, connections had not looked beyond Epsom but the Irish Oaks at the Curragh next month would appear the most likely next step.

Dunlop added: ‘This is her big day and we'll see what happens next as she's not in any other big races.

‘Ouija Board went straight to the Irish Oaks as many Epsom winners do and we could do that.

‘I will discuss it with the owner and if they are happy then that is probably where we will go.’

Moore had only had two previous rides in the Oaks, finishing 13th on Sail in 2008 and sixth on Phillipina last year.

The rider added: ‘It was a very rough race. We just decided to take her back and give her a chance. There was a lot of bumping around.

‘I switched her out to follow the second horse through. There was a nice gap that appeared and my girl quickened real well.

‘The gap was big enough and she had plenty of speed to take it.

‘It was a messy race, but I was quite confident three furlongs out.’

The winning owner has horses with Dunlop, his brother Harry and father John, and was keen to praise the winning trainer.

She said: ‘I give Ed all of the credit. It was a wonderful bit of training and we talk all things through together.

‘Ryan gave her the most extraordinary ride.

‘We talked over supplementing her after Goodwood (Height of Fashion Stakes) which I didn't even know was a trial for the Oaks. The prize money was there so I put it back in.’

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