After Snow Fairy landed £23,000 for winning a Listed contest at Goodwood in May 2010, owner Cristina Patino took a gamble and paid the £20,000 supplement to get the three-year-old an entry into The Oaks.
Going off as a 9/1 shot, the filly had not shown much promise as a two-year-old and there were some concerns that she would struggle to stay the distance of 1m 4f.
However, the instinctive punt from Patino paid off in incredible fashion, landing £208,000 in prize money.
After making the turn into the home straight, Snow Fairy was held up in the rear, residing in 14th place.
Champion Jockey Ryan Moore was booked to ride the daughter of Intikhab and he began to ask more of the three-year-old, who readily responded.
With the guidance of Moore, Snow Fairy quickened up and began to weave her way through the crowded field.
By the two furlong marker, she was behind the leading group and was ready to pounce.
Approaching the final furlong, the three-year-old started to challenge Remember When and Meeznah.
She fought off the latter in the final strides, staying on well to win by a neck to give Ryan Moore his first Classic success after over a decade of riding under rules.
It would not be long before the Newmarket-based Jockey would taste success in a classic, as he would go on win the Derby with Workforce less than 24 hours later.
Snow Fairy would also win the Irish Oaks, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Hong Kong Cup that year for Ed Dunlop.
She would be retired at the end of the 2012 season, after winning the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.