Snow (3f Galileo – Chelsea Rose, by Desert King) continued her upward curve when taking the Group 3 Munster Oaks at Cork on Sunday.
Successful in a Curragh maiden on her racecourse return in June, the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly went on to finish a close second in the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at Leopardstown. Stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time on Sunday, she was sent off favourite under Wayne Lordan, who rode her to chase the leaders. Ridden to lead passing the two furlong pole, she dug deep to quicken clear of Snapraeceps and won by a length and a quarter, going away.
Lordan said after the race, “She’s a lovely, straightforward filly. She’s stepping up as she’s going up in trip. It feels like she’s improving.”
Snow’s talent over the trip came as no surprise, given she is a full-sister to top-class stayer Kew Gardens. Both owned by Coolmore partners, they were bred by Barronstown Stud out of Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Chelsea Rose.