By Duane Fonseca
Snowfall turned in another blistering performance as she became the 15th filly to complete the English/Irish Oaks double at the Curragh Saturday evening. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Snowfall annihilated the field at Epsom to win by a record 16 lengths and she produced a similar display on home soil in the Irish equivalent.
One of her three stable companions La Joconde led the field of eight early on, with Ryan Moore keeping Snowfall just off the pace until the turn for home. She made her move immediately and once she hit the front two furlongs out there was no stopping her as she pulled clear easily to win by eight and a half lengths. It was O’Brien's sixth triumph in the race.
Divinely was second to give the Ballydoyle handler a one-two, while Nicest, trained by O’Brien’s son, Donnacha, was half a length away in third.
O’Brien said: “She’s very smart and she has a lot of quality. “We purposely let her down a little bit from Epsom because the season is going to roll on and it was soft ground at Epsom.
“The plan was to come here, go on to the Yorkshire Oaks and then she’d be ready for the autumn. “I’m delighted with her and she’s done very well from Epsom physically, she’s got very big and strong.
“Ryan said she has a lot of speed. She goes very strong and she finishes out very well. We’ll go one race at a time now, the Yorkshire Oaks first.”