08/19/2012 1:39PM

France: Snow Fairy returns from layoff to win sixth career Group 1 race


Snow Fairy won the sixth Group 1 race of her career in Sunday’s Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville, France, a victory that trainer Ed Dunlop described as “one of the biggest highlights of my career.”

The Prix Jean Romanet was Snow Fairy’s first start since the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan last November. Snow Fairy was in Hong Kong training for a start in the Hong Kong Vase last December when she sustained an injury.

Ridden in the Prix Jean Romanet by Ryan Moore, Snow Fairy, a 4-1 chance, was at the back of the field of nine fillies and mares early in the race over about 1 1/4 miles on turf. Snow Fairy moved closer to the leaders with a quarter-mile remaining but was in tight a little more than a furlong remaining. She recovered to lead in the final sixteenth and won by three-quarters of a length over Izzi Top.

Galikova, who led with a quarter-mile remaining, held third, finishing 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Giofra, the 2-1 favorite, finished sixth.

The Prix Jean Romanet, worth approximately $302,800, drew a strong field. Runner-up Izzi Top won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland in July. Galikova won the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp last September.

Snow Fairy, who won the English and Irish Oaks in 2010, is a 5-year-old mare by Intikhab who races for Anamoine Ltd. Third in the 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Snow Fairy is considered a 20-1 chance for that race this year on Oct. 7.

She could have a prep race for the Arc in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Sept. 8 or the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sept. 16.

Reckless Abandon remains unbeaten

Reckless Abandon, a colt by Exchange Rate, extended his unbeaten streak to four races in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Morny for 2-year-olds at Deauville.

Reckless Abandon is trained by Clive Cox, who won Saturday’s Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, England, with the 25-1 shot Lethal Force.

Reckless Abandon, ridden by Gerald Mosse, was the 7-5 favorite in a field of 11.

The colt led from the start and won by three-quarters of a length over George Vancouver. Parliament Square was third. George Vancouver and Parliament Square are trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Earlier this summer, Reckless Abandon won two Group 2 races – the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte.

George Vancouver is a colt by Henrythenavigator out of Versailles Treaty, a multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire in the United States in the early 1990s. George Vancouver was purchased for $450,000 as a weanling at the 2010 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.