Snowfall stunned the field in the Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday afternoon, as Aidan O’Brien‘s filly oozed class when claiming a four-length success in the Group 1 contest.
The three-year-old has dominated in her four starts this season, claiming success in the British, Irish and now the Yorkshire Oaks for her connections.
Going off as the 8/15 favourite, the Deep Impact filly started slowly and was at the rear of the field for the opening part.
She travelled beautifully in the race after that and began to make smooth headway with four furlongs remaining.
The filly was pushed on with two furlongs and she didn’t look back, leaving her rivals in the dust as she cleared away from the field.
She was eased when approaching the line, registering victory by four lengths.
Ralph Beckett’s Albaflora ran a cracker to finish second, while Snowfall’s stablemate La Jaconda outrun her huge odds of 150/1 to claim third.
Zain Claudette showed her speed in the closing stages once again, as the two-year-old ended Sandrine’s unbeaten record in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes.
Ismail Mohammed’s filly tracked the leaders and was pushed on by Ray Dawson heading into the final furlong.
She pushed ahead of Desert Dreamer and fended off the late challenge of Sandrine, keeping on well in the final 110 yards to win by a length.
Forbearance landed herself some black type at the second time of asking, as the four-year-old just held on to land the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes.
The Galileo filly had been dropped down in trip after finishing third over 1m6f in the Group 3 Stanerra Stakes, which paid off for her connections.
She pulled clear with William Haggas’ Domino Darling in the final furlong and she just about prevailed, holding on to win by a nose for Jessica Harrington.
Ever Given battled on to win by a neck in the 6f Yearling Stakes for Tom Dascombe, while Cruyff Turn caused an upset at odds of 28/1 in the 1m Clipper Logistics Handicap.
Harrow landed the 7f Nursery Handicap for Andrew Balding and John & Thady Gosden‘s Sweet Enough claimed the 7f Fillies’ Handicap.