Snowfall is not normally seen in July, but the Irish Oaks on Saturday could be the perfect stage for the Ballydoyle ace to secure consecutive fillies' Classics either side of the Irish Sea, writes Josh Graham.
The Aidan O’Brien trained star is dominating the betting ahead of seven rivals for the Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Her record breaking 16-length triumph in the Epsom Oaks last month has made Snowfall firmly the one to beat and in pole position to hand O’Brien a record-equalling sixth winner in the 1m4f race.
Ryan Moore will ride the three-year-old after being on board Santa Barbara in Surrey before watching on as Frankie Dettori tore apart the field on soft ground.
Snowfall is bidding to be the first horse since Enable in 2017 to pull off an Oaks double and a win would make it successive victorious weekends for O’Brien and Moore.
Last weekend across the Atlantic, Bolshoi Ballet fittingly won the Belmont Derby on the same day his legendary sire Galileo passed away.
And Santa Barbara came home first in the Belmont Oaks to make it a big-race American double for the red-hot O’Brien and Moore.
O’Brien’s High Heels is the only omission from the field for Saturday’s Group 1 but aside from the favourite, the 51-year-old still has plenty of interest in the showpiece race.
He has only won the race once in the last six years and enters La Joconde, Divinely and Willow in the 12-furlong Classic that gets underway at 3.25.
O’Brien’s competition comes largely from his own family with son Donnacha’s Nicest coming off the back of an impressive third in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Joseph O’Brien runs the lightly-raced Mariesque who won at Gowran Park in June before coming unstuck at Naas last time out.
Even So, last year’s Irish Oaks winner, was trained by Ger Lyons with Colin Keane on board and the winning combination are hoping to make it back-to-back successes with Party House this time around.
Long shot Ahandfulofsummers completes the field with the Fozzy Stack trained horse set to have jockey Chris Hayes on board.