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SNOWFALL: 2021 Double Oaks victor set for Ebor Festival clash with Wonderful Tonight

A fascinating clash at the Ebor Festival sees Snowfall face-off with Wonderful Tonight

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2C7T6EA Snowfall and jockey Wayne Lordan (centre) win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden from Sister Rosetta (left) at Curragh Racecourse.

Irish and English Oaks heroine returns to York for the Ebor Festival on Thursday afternoon as she bids to reward Aidan O’Brien and Ballydoyle with a second successive win in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

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The daughter of Deep Impact claimed victory on the Downs earlier this year after a facile success at the northern track in May, and she has duly been made a short-priced favourite to record a third top-level success in a row.

WATCH: SNOWFALL BLITZES TO VICTORY IN THE MUISIDORA STAKES AT YORK IN MAY [CREDIT: RACING TV]

And she now partakes in an intriguing clash with recent four-timer Wonderful Tonight, who seeks a fifth win in succession in Yorkshire following glory at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood, respectively.

WATCH: WONDERFUL TONIGHT HAS WON HER LAST FOUR STARTS, THREE OF WHICH HAVE BEEN GROUP 1’S, AHEAD OF HER EBOR FESTIVAL APPEARANCE [CREDIT: ITV RACING]

However, the slower ground is unlikely to be in her favour and she has to concede 9lb to her younger rival.

Speaking ahead of English exploits, Aidan O’Brien told Racing TV: “She looks very good at the moment. We always thought the world of her last year, but it never worked out.

“From the minute she started this year, everything has gone well, so far, and the lads are all very happy with her. She’s straightforward, relaxes and quickens, so I suppose that’s her big thing, too.

2G3Y8G3 Trainer Aidan O'Brien walks out to check the ground during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021.
Aidan O’Brien won the Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor Festival last season with Love, who runs in the Juddmonte International on Wednesday

“She also looks like she gets a mile and a half very well. She won at York making the running herself, and in the Oaks, Frankie ended up dropping her in.

“We saw what she did there and at the Curragh, Ryan (Moore) took his time on her and she quickened very well. She comes on the bridle at the right time of the race. We haven’t had many by Deep Impact, but they have great minds, they quicken, and they seem to get better.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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