Winning return for Snow Fairy
Racing:Snow Fairy made a sensational return to action when winning the Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville this afternoon. Ed Dunlop's stable star hasn't been in action for 280 days since winning in Japan in November, but displayed all of her customary class and tenacity to win a thrilling renewal of the ten furlong contest.
Galikova's pacemaker, Tempura, took the field along with Olivier Peslier's mount in second and Timepiece third.
Tom Queally moved up alongside Galikova turning into the straight but the field - which had been strung out by as much as 12 lengths at around halfway - had bunched right up as they straightened for home.
Giofra was travelling strongly, with Siyouma another going well but the action developed in the centre of the track as Snow Fairy and Izzi Top launched their challenges with the latter coming from well off the pace.
The runners got close together with Giofra possibly not done any favours but it was Ryan Moore's five year old who really put her head down and battled to narrowly prevail.
Moore has now ridden Snow Fairy on six occasions and the pair have now won six Group Ones.
Izzi Top returned to form after disappointing in the Nassau to finish a close second with Galikova plugging on for third as Timepiece's run flattened out.
Dunlop tweeted: "The brilliant Snow Fairy does it again!
"Fantastic performance winning the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville under Ryan Moore."
Earlier, Clive Cox's exciting juvenile Reckless Abandon made it four out of four with a ready success in the Darley Prix Morny. The son of American stallion Exchange Rate (a son of Danzig) got a little stirred up at the start but that didn't prevent him from making his first run in a Group One contest a triumphant one.
Ridden by Gerald Mosse, as he was when winning the Prix Robert Papin, he jumped well and Mosse soon moved his mount to his left to secure the rail and take up the running from Sir Prancealot and Penny's Picnic.
The two year old had jinked left when winning at Royal Ascot and at Maisons-Laffitte but, with the rail to help here, he ran gun barrell straight and picked up smartly when asked to go about his work.
George Vancouver and Parliament Square finished fast and late to claim the minor places but, in truth, the race had long been put to bed by the most impressive winner.
Richard Hannon's Sir Prancealot kept on for fourth with Marco Botti's once-raced maiden winner Moohaajim running a big race in fifth.
Cox, whose horses are in magnificent form, said: "We're all over the moon. He's done it really well and I couldn't be happier. It's been a wonderful week and weekend, what with winning the Hungerford with Lethal Force on Saturday - it's what you dream about. It's our second Group One. Gilt Edge Girl won the Abbaye for us, but to have a two-year-old Group One winner is something special.
"I would think the Middle Park (Newmarket, October 13) would be the logical next step but we'll see how he comes out of this. I was very impressed with his whole performance."