Fairy in Irish Champion frame

Leopardstown could be the next port of call for Snow Fairy following her triumphant return from injury at Deauville.

If conditions are suitable, the five-year-old mare is likely to go for the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes on September 8 in which she finished second to So You Think last season.

Ed Dunlop’s charge showed she had made a full recovery from a leg problem sustained when winning the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan in November when landing the Prix Jean Romanet earlier this month.

There are plenty of options for Snow Fairy for the rest of the year, starting with Leopardstown’s 10-furlong Group One.

“She’s in great form and everything seems to be all go,” said Patrick Cooper, racing manager to her owners Anamoine Limited.

“We will just see. She is very ground dependent and if the ground is soft she can’t run.

“Right now in Ireland it isn’t looking very good. Having said that we are due to have good weather for the next week or so, we will just see.

“If the ground is good then she will probably come to Leopardstown. If it isn’t, she won’t.

“We’d have to take it each race at a time and if she didn’t go there, the Prix Vermeille (at Longchamp on September 16) is the next obvious one.”

Connections of Ursa Major have yet to make any firm decisions on whether the three-year-old will contest either of next month’s St Legers.

Tommy Carmody’s three-year-old completed a hat-trick with a brilliant display in Saturday’s Irish St Leger Trial and is engaged in both the Irish St Leger and the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster, both of which take place on September 15.

Tim Jones, racing manager for owner Andrew Tinkler, said: “He’s a gorgeous horse and very progressive. It was all about learning his craft for the first six months of the year and the great thing about exciting three-year-olds like him is you don’t know where they’ll stop improving.

“There might not have been many runners but it was a solid Group Three race and the way he won it was very exciting to see.

“He seems versatile ground-wise, he looked a good horse up to a mile and a half and the way he won the other day suggests he’s going to be even better over further.

“He’s in both the Irish St Leger and the English Leger, so we’ll make a plan for him in the next week or 10 days.”


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