The success of Love as a three-year-old was always going to be a tough gig to follow a year on, but Snowfall has risen to the challenge with a thumping success in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Going off at the incredibly short price of 2/7, the three-year-old was held behind the leaders for the majority of the contest.
She began to move up the pack and was nudged into a perfect striking position at three furlongs out.
The filly pushed into the lead in the final two furlongs and responded gamely to Ryan Moore’s request, producing a rapid turn of foot to clear away from her rivals.
She kept pulling away and landed success by eight and a half lengths at the Curragh.
Stablemates Divinely and Willow claimed second and fourth, while Donnacha O’Brien’s Nicest finished in third.
Aidan O’Brien sang the praises of Snowfall after the contest and suggested her next target as well when speaking to the Racing Post.
“She’s an unbelievable filly with an unbelievable pedigree.
“It was a nice, evenly run race and Ryan gave her a beautiful ride. Genetics usually kick in when the pace is strong – you stay or you don’t, you have class or you don’t.
“The plan was to come here, go on to the Yorkshire Oaks and then she’d be ready for the autumn.”
The daughter of Deep Impact became the fifteenth filly to claim the English/Irish Oaks double and she could follow in the footsteps of Alexandrova and Enable in claiming a special treble in the Yorkshire Oaks next month.
It would be the first time that Snowfall would take on older fillies, but three-year-olds have dominated the Group 1 contest in recent years as they have claimed six of the last seven victories at York.
The filly was launched to 4/1 favouritism for the Arc in October, while stablemate Love currently sits at 11/2.