As Europe’s top three-year-old fillies prepare to compete for Classic race authority in the Darley Irish Oaks, Snow Fairy (7/2 William Hill) is the early money favourite. The Ed Dunlop-trained filly impressed in her last outing, winning by a neck at Epsom in June over the same distance and at the same weight. Having been bought for £1,500 just over 18 months ago, the Epsom prize money makes Snow Fairy a very shrewd investment already for the owners.
The horse beaten into second at Epsom was Meeznah. Also running here, the David Lanigan-trained horse is priced at 5/1 with Paddy Power to land the spoils.
Remember, if you grab the early price with Paddy Power and the starting price is higher, they’ll pay you at the bigger price. And they pay out on both First Past The Post and the Official Result – so no panic if there’s a stewards’ enquiry.
There has been plenty of interest shown in the Aga Khan’s horse Rosanara. Having finished fourth or better in her last six runs, and with two wins at the back end of 2009, odds of 4/1 with Ladbrokes could be worth a second glance.
For a healthy each-way option (paid at ¼ odds for a top three place at most bookies), you could do worse than back Miss Jean Brodie at 25/1 with Blue Square. Godolphin-owned, this horse won last time out towards the end of June at Doncaster and took 3rd at Kempton a couple of weeks before. She’ll certainly need to be at her prime, but might find the spark to overcome the field at Curragh.