Snow Fairy returns at Deauville

Snow Fairy returns at Deauville

Trainer Ed Dunlop feels Snow Fairy is “fit enough to do herself justice” as she makes her eagerly anticipated return in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday.

The incredible mare landed the English and Irish Oaks in 2010 and completed a memorable year with victories in Japan and Hong Kong.

After some creditable performances in defeat last season, the five-year-old successfully defended her title in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto, but has since been sidelined by injury.

Dunlop said: “It’s great to be discussing her again, I can assure you.

“She had a leg injury after Japan and had to have some time off, but after much help from many people, we think she’s ready to have her first run.

“We’re obviously not going to know how ready she is until she races, but she’s bigger and stronger.

“Her work has been to a very good standard, but we’re realistic enough to know it’s her first run for a long time.

“Ryan Moore has been very helpful and has ridden her work three times.

“She’s actually galloped on the Rowley Mile (at Newmarket), she’s been to Sandown and she’s been to Lingfield, so she’s had a bit of action already.

“We were very keen to start her off over 10 furlongs against her own sex. We were looking at the Nassau Stakes but it turned out that came too soon.

“While we’re going to France, we have actually left her in the Yorkshire Oaks just in case it pours down all weekend.

“She’s been a superstar, particularly what she’s achieved in Japan.

“We’re very lucky to still have her in training. The team behind her deserve huge credit for not retiring her after the injury.

“We’re excited to see her run and I think she’s fit enough to do herself justice, but she is lacking a bit of match practice.

“She’s in the Irish Champion Stakes, the English Champion Stakes and the Arc.

“There is also the Breeders’ Cup, so there are lots of options and this is very much the starting point.

“Ryan has only ridden her five times and won five Group Ones on her, so I’m hoping we won’t let him down and get beaten,” the Newmarket handler told At The Races.

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