Moore hails ‘fantastic’ Snow Fairy

Ryan Moore has paid tribute to Snow Fairy after the supermare he shared five top-level wins with was retired.

The former British champion jockey saluted the fighting qualities of the Cristina Patino-owned six-year-old, who aggravated an old injury yesterday morning, persuading trainer Ed Dunlop to call time on her sensational career, which yielded earnings of £3,911,804.

Moore built up an extraordinary relationship with Snow Fairy, finishing first in all six of the Group or Grade 1s they contested together, although the daughter of Intikhab was disqualified from the Prix Jean Romanet last year after testing positive for a banned substance.

The rider nominated their Hong Kong Cup success at Sha Tin in December 2010 as his favourite.

He said: “She had a lot of class, but she was really a fighter more than anything. She had a fantastic will to win and just wanted to please you.

“I would say of all my wins on her, my favourite was when she won in Hong Kong. She was very consistent and her record speaks for itself.”

Snow Fairy captured the hearts of racing fans worldwide by winning six top-level races in four different countries, with Moore on board for her first Group 1 success, the Investec Oaks in June 2010.

She was last seen claiming the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September 2012.

Snow Fairy will be sent to Ireland once she has been let down from training to embark upon broodmare duties.

She will be covered next year by her owner Cristna Patino’s stallion Elusive Pimpernel.

“She will stay with Ed for a little while then she will go down to Islanmore Stud in Limerick,” said Dunlop.

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