Snowfall just too hot in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks
19 Aug 2021
Star filly lights up the Knavesmire with an effortless performance to further enhance her reputation.
Having demolished her rivals in both the Cazoo Oaks and the Irish Oaks, O’Brien’s filly was sent out a heavy favourite for Darley Yorkshire Oaks. And she certainly did not disappoint.
Ryan Moore kept Snowfall at the back, ridden quietly throughout the race. Stable companion La Joconde ensuring there was a good gallop throughout the race under Hollie Doyle. Turning the corner the runners came back to stands, and push came to shove on La Joconde, with Wonderful Tonight beginning to make her move.
Gasps from the York crowd rang out, as Snowfall, with consumate ease breezed her way through the field. In a matter of moments she was upside and past Wonderful Tonight – seemingly in third gear.
Ryan Moore then nudged her to press on and put the race to bed before easing her way to the line with all the dangers long behind her.
It was a special performance from a filly who looks set to go on to big things.
After the race Aidan O’Brien was in buoyant mood as he spoke about the next stage in the filly’s career, he said: “She’s gone very laid-back, putting on weight and starting to thrive. She’s ready for the autumn. She could have another race before the Arc, if the lads want to do that.”