O'Brien mourns 'massive loss' as superstar Snowfall put down

The filly won three Group 1 Oaks races in 2021

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Snowfall en route to victory at the Yorkshire Oaks, the third Oaks triumph of a remarkable 2021 summer

Aidan O’Brien’s Oaks treble winner Snowfall has been put down following a serious pelvic injury.

The news comes as a devastating blow to Ballydoyle and the sport as a whole, with the superstar four-year-old having made a remarkable impact during her two seasons on the flat.

The daughter of Deep Impact got off the mark at the Curragh in July 2020 and was back there 13 months later to record a dominant victory in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks – the filling in an incredible Oaks sandwich.

Snowfall won the Cazoo Oaks by a record-breaking 16 lengths with Frankie Dettori on board at Epsom while Ryan Moore was back in the saddle for her success in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks in August.



The filly’s final appearance came in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot in October and O’Brien is now mourning a ‘massive loss’.

"We are very sorry to report that our wonderful filly Snowfall sustained a serious injury a few weeks ago,” he said.

"Despite the best care and attention from our veterinary team and from our team in here in Ballydoyle her condition seriously deteriorated a couple of days ago and we were left with no choice but to take the heartbreaking decision to have her put to sleep.

"She damaged her pelvis. She was fed at lunchtime by one of the lads and when he went back to her an hour later she was lame in the box. 



“Our vet John Halley thinks that she did the splits in the box and injured her pelvis, but obviously we don't know exactly how it happened.

"We did everything we could for her but it wasn't to be. She is a massive loss to everyone here, from a racing and breeding perspective – she was such a high-class mare."

She is a massive loss to everyone here, from a racing and breeding perspective – she was such a high-class mare.

- Aidan O'Brien 

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