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EPSOM REWIND: Ryan Moore wins his first Classic onboard Snow Fairy in the 2010 Oaks

The three-time Champion Jockey broke his Classics duck on the Epsom Downs in the Oaks



Horse Racing - Epsom Derby Meeting - Epsom Downs - 4/6/10 Snow Fairy ridden by Ryan Moore wins the 4.05 The Investec Oaks Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Harding Livepic

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.

Moore has won the race twice since, including on Love last season

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.

watch: relive snow fairy’s 2010 oaks success at epsom [credit: the jockey club]

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.

Did you know? The first Jockey to win both the Oaks & Derby in the same year came in 1789 when Sam Chifney rode Tagg and Skyscraper to victory.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.