August 16 2018

Snowy Winter is set to return to Ireland next month after continuing her remarkable rags to riches story at Gowran Park on Wednesday, 15th August.

The four-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality defied odds of 25-1 to clinch her first Listed success in the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes over nine and a half furlongs.

Now Archie is planning to send her back across the Irish Sea in pursuit of Group success, with two possible engagements in mind.

“She is likely to go back to Gowran for a Group 3 over the same distance but is also in the Group 3 Snow Fairy Fillies’ Stakes over nine furlongs at The Curragh,” he explains.

“We will consider both races but a return to Gowran is definitely on the cards following such a big performance at a track that clearly suits her. After that we might take her across to Europe.”

Snowy Winter stuck bravely to her task under Gary Carroll to repel the late challenge of Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo filly Hence to win a prize of just over 32,000 euros for owners Boadicea Bloodstock.

Bought un-raced from the Goffs February Sale last year for only 7,500 euros by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloodstock, Archie has progressed Snowy Winter from a lowly mark of 60 to establish her as a Pattern level performer.

“It’s extraordinary how she’s kept on improving but she’s such a straightforward, uncomplicated filly,” adds Archie. “Though she won over the extended 13 furlongs at Chelmsford last winter, and over the demanding mile and a half at Newcastle, she’s found her best former over shorter trips.”

Snowy Winter deserved her Listed victory, having run well at that level on several occasions this year. She was third in the Magnolia Stakes on the All-Weather at Kempton and second in both the Rothesay Stakes at Ayr and the Lyric Fillies’ Stakes at York. She was also a creditable fourth in the Group 3 Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle’s famous Plate meeting at the end of June.

By Simon Mapletoft