Coolmore’s Snowfall confirmed her brilliance as she proved a class above her rivals in the Group 1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.
Having won the Oaks at Epsom last month by an astonishing 16 lengths on testing ground, the three-year-old daughter of Deep Impact was settled in the middle of the pack by jockey Ryan Moore as she looked to complete the double on far quicker going.
It was turning for home that Moore could be seen nudging Snowfall along to maintain her position and as a gap opened up, she took her opportunity and soon drew clear from her rivals to take the spoils by eight and a half lengths.
Her Aidan O’Brien-trained stable companion Divinely was second while Nicest, trained by Donnacha O’Brien, was a further half a length back in third.
The success saw Snowfall emulate the likes of Sariska, Enable, Ouija Board and Alexandrova in completing the English-Irish Oaks double this century.
O’Brien, speaking to Racing TV, said: “She’s very smart and she has a lot of quality. We purposely let her down a little from Epsom because the season is going to roll on and it was soft ground at Epsom.
“The plan was to come here, go on to the Yorkshire Oaks and then she’d be ready for the autumn. I’m delighted with her and she’s done very well from Epsom physically, she’s got very big and strong.
“Ryan said she has a lot of speed. She goes very strong and she finishes out very well. We’ll go one race at a time now, the Yorkshire Oaks first.
“She’s a filly that always had a lot of natural ability and we had to get her to relax a little bit so we didn’t worry too much about it as we were always concentrating on switching her off.
“Things went against her. Her first run was over five and a half furlongs in Navan and Mother Earth was second.
“Then she came back here to a maiden and Seamus [Heffernan] nearly fell off her. That’s why it took a few runs to win a maiden and it might have been a blessing in disguise as she became very mature and grown up from it mentally.
“Because she was busy early in the season it might have taken its toll at the end of the season – even though she was perfect mentally, physically she had a good few runs.
“Herself and Mother Earth ran in the Fillies’ Mile and we were nearly siding with her over Mother Earth. That’s what we always thought of her.
“She’s a homebred for the lads as well, she has some pedigree. We always thought fast ground was her thing and I was very worried in Epsom about her with that ground.”