The remarkable Snow Fairy took on and defeated the boys to land the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at a sun kissed Leopardstown on Saturday evening.
In a race run at a furious end to end gallop it was Ed Dunlop’s unbelievable mare who was much the best for Nathaniel and St Nicholas Abbey to gain her first Group 1 win against the colts in Europe.
Daddy Long Legs took the field on in the early stages of the 10f contest with Frankie Dettori content to sit just behind his main market rival Nathaniel in third place.
William Buick on Nathaniel was the first to kick for home turning into the straight and he poached a three length lead on Snow Fairy. However Dettori refused to panic and set his mare alight to furlongs from home and she caught Nathaniel and sped clear of him to the delight of the packed crowd.
Speaking in the winners enclosure a delighted Ed Dunlop said “Frankie gave her a great ride. They went flat out. We wanted to take our time with her after last year. She has just got an unbelievable turn of foot. She is a horse of a lifetime.
“She’s in the Champion Stakes and the Arc and I’d love to take her to the Breeders’ Cup.”
Frankie Dettori was equally delighted saying “Full credit goes to Ed and the team for getting her back after such a serious injury. She retains all her class and ability and it was just lovely to be on her again.
“I spoke to Ryan Moore this morning, he said to be patient, she will quicken when you ask her to. Regarding tactics I didn’t want to be the meat in the sandwich and go after Nathaniel too early, but she made it look very easy.”