08/19/2011 1:20PM

Prix Romanet favorite Snow Fairy ruled ineligible


Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville, France, lost its expected favorite on Friday when Snow Fairy was declared ineligible because of French racing rules pertaining to horses withdrawn from recent races.

In a shock to British trainer Ed Dunlop, Snow Fairy, the winner of four Group 1 races in 2010, was removed from the race because she had been scratched from the Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday because of concern over the condition of the turf.

In France, horses are not allowed to start within eight days of being declared to run in another race except in situations of “extraordinary circumstances”, Dunlop told the Racing Post. He said he was unaware of the rule.

Snow Fairy was withdrawn from the Yorkshire Oaks on Wednesday. In her absence, there are five fillies and mares in the Prix Jean Romanet, run over 1 1/4 miles. Timepiece, the winner of the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last month, is the new favorite.

Family One can win his third consecutive group stakes in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Morny for 2-year-olds at Deauville.

Trained by former jockey Yann Barberot, Family One won the Group 3 Prix du Bois over five furlongs at Chantilly on July 3 and the Grade 2 Prix Robert Papin over six furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte on July 24.

Family One must beat Frederick Engels, the winner of the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket, England, on July 7, but a disappointing sixth in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland on Aug. 7. Dabirsim, a colt by Hat Trick, seeks his second win of the summer at Deauville, having won the Group 3 Prix de Carbourg over six furlongs on July 31.