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Snowfall gave the Yorkshire Oaks option by Aidan O’Brien after satisfying the team with maturity this season |  Race News


Cazoo Oaks winner Snowfall could follow in his teammate Love’s footsteps with a shot at the Yorkshire Oaks next month.

Love had a remarkable hat-trick in Group 1 last season, winning the 1000 Guineas before winning at Epsom and York.

Coach Aidan O’Brien is now preparing to defend his Yorkshire Oaks crown with this year’s best three-year-old filly, who notched an impressive victory at the Irish Oaks last Saturday, doubling her runaway success at the Downs.

Snowfall could return to York, having started 2021 with a win in the Group Three Musidora Stakes.

Reflecting on Snowfall’s victory at the Irish Oaks, O’Brien said Sky Sports Racing: “She took the race really well and we couldn’t have been happier with her on Saturday.

“We were wondering what was going to happen because we were letting her mature a bit physically from Epsom to Curragh.

“The way her campaign was going to go, she wasn’t going to have big breaks, just a few short breaks between races.

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Snowfall leaves rivals Irish Oaks far behind at Curragh

“She was a bit heavier at Curragh. We always thought she would want better pitch so we were worried going into Epsom.”

The Ballydoyle team have yet to make plans for the Deep Impact daughter, but O’Brien believes a mile and a half at the Knavesmire would be fine.

“It’s a strong possibility,” said O’Brien. “We have to get her back to work and then chat with the guys to see what they want to do.

“She will be on the program for all these kinds of races and after two more weeks of work we will have a chat with the team.

Snowfall gave the Yorkshire Oaks option by Aidan O’Brien after satisfying the team with maturity this season |  Race News
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Aidan O’Brien to discuss Snowfall plans with his team in the coming days

“If everything went well, this is a race that could be a good fit. There are other races as well but it could work well in the program.”

It has been a remarkable rise for Snowfall this season, having failed to live up to his potential at the age of two.

Despite only winning one in his first seven starts, O’Brien has always kept the faith.

“She has an incredible pedigree and we have always thought about her a lot last year,” he said.

“Circumstances were against her in some of her races and things didn’t work out for her, but she got through the winter and did very well physically.

“It sounds very exciting right now and everything she’s done this year has been very impressive. She just finds it very easy.”





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