EIGHTY MINUTES AFTER Pyledriver prevailed in a thrilling Coronation Cup, the Oaks, over the same 1m4f course and distance on a soggy Epsom Downs, could not have been more different, turned into a procession by Snowfall, partnered by Frankie Dettori for Aidan O’Brien.
Settled in midfield by the Italian maestro, the daughter of Deep Impact, who along with the rest of the field headed for the nearside rail as is so often the case on rain softened ground at Epsom, struck the front with about two furlongs remaining and they soon stormed clear.
For O’Brien, it was a ninth winner in the race, still someway short of the 13 saddled by Robert Robson between 1802 and 1825, with Dettori claiming the prize for a sixth time.
Victorious just once last year, in a 7f Curragh maiden, from seven juvenile appearances, Snowfall is unbeaten in 2021 having made all under Ryan Moore in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes, over an extended 1m2f, at York on her only previous outing this season, 23 days ago.
A massive sixteen lengths behind in second was Mystery Angel, who led throughout the majority of the race before collared by the winner.
For O’Brien, Divinely was third with Moore fifth on stable companion Santa Barbara, the pair separated by Save A Forest in fourth.