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Snow Fairy beats Meeznah to win the Oaks at Epsom

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Snow Fairy beats Meeznah to win the Oaks at Epsom

Snow Fairy wins the Oaks at Epsom

By Frank Keogh
BBC Sport at Epsom

Snow Fairy won the Oaks at Epsom as champion jockey Ryan Moore held off the challenge of Meeznah in a thrilling finish.

Moore expertly guided his mount from the middle of the pack to claim his first British Classic win and a second victory in the race for trainer Ed Dunlop.

Snow Fairy, bought for just £1,500 18 months ago, was supplemented for the race at a cost of £20,000 and earns 10 times that amount in prize money.

Remember When was third as the Henry Cecil-trained pair of Aviate and Timepiece finished out of the places.

The winner was bought back by her publicity-shy French owner and breeder Cristina Patino for only 1,800 euros (£1,500) when Snow Fairy was put through the sales ring in 2008.

Newmarket trainer Dunlop had not entered Snow Fairy for the big race but changed his mind after she won the Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood on 19 May.

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Moore, 26, has been champion jockey three times while Dunlop won the Oaks in 2004 with Ouija Board.

"I thought Ryan gave her the most amazing ride. It's his first English Classic winner so it's been a great day," Dunlop told BBC Sport.

Moore added: "It was a rough race. There was a lot of bumping around. The gaps opened up nicely and she quickened well.

"The pace slackened up in the middle part of the race and allowed us to stay the trip."

Snow Fairy was so unfancied for the Oaks that at one stage several months ago she was backed by only one punter, who wagered £4, at a price of 999-1, netting a profit of nearly £4,000.

Earlier on Friday, the 2009 Derby runner-up Fame and Glory went one better to win the Coronation Cup on Ladies' Day.

Johnny Murtagh had the four-year-old, trained by Aidan O'Brien, handy throughout and he stayed on stoutly to beat the filly Sariska, with High Heeled in third.

Irish Derby winner Fame and Glory, a 5-6 favourite, benefited from the pacemaking of stablemate Dixie Music, which may have blunted the finishing speed of last year's Oaks winner Sariska.

The winner is now rated the 4-1 favourite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.



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