Dunlop anticipates Fairy progress

Ed Dunlop was satisfied with Snow Fairy’s seasonal reappearance in the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday and expects a much better showing in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Ed Dunlop was satisfied with Snow Fairy’s seasonal reappearance in the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday and expects a much better showing in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

The multiple Group One winner was supposed to have her first start of the season last weekend against the fillies in the Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland, but heavy rain forced Dunlop to reconsider.

Instead, she was up against two of the best horses in Europe in So You Think and Workforce and she was not given a hard race by Johnny Murtagh in finishing fourth.

“Snow Fairy ran very much as I expected,” said Dunlop.

“This was her first appearance since she won in Hong Kong in December and she was race-rusty.

“She hit a bit of a flat spot and was not suited by the track but I told anybody who would listen that she would need the race and so it proved.

“This was an exceptional renewal of the Eclipse and So You Think and Workforce are two top-class colts, but Snow Fairy will hopefully improve a fair bit after such a long absence.

“The plan is to revert to her own sex and take in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, which is one of my favourite meetings of the year,” the trainer told his website www.edunlop.com.

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