Dunlop dreaming of Cup for Fairy
Ed Dunlop will not run out running Snow Fairy in the Irish Champion Stakes on September 8 despite the limited time between races.
The five-year-old made her long-awaited return to action on Sunday and she proved she still retains all of her ability when running out an impressive winner of the Prix Jean Romanet, her fifth Group One victory.
The Irish Champion Stakes is just over two weeks away and there have been suggestions that the race could come too soon for the mare, something Dunlop does not agree with.
“She’s Snow Fairy, she’s not a normal horse so I’m not saying the Irish Champion will come too soon,” Dunlop told At The Races.
“We’ll see how she is, there are various options, and then make a plan.”
While the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a potential target for the former Oaks winner, Dunlop admits he harbours a wish to send her to America in the hope of emulating Ouija Board’s success at the Breeders’ Cup.
“Danedream was hugely impressive in the Arc last year and has come out and won the King George. The Arc is an option, but I have a secret wish to go for the Breeders’ Cup this year,” the Newmarket handler added.
“She’s won twice in Japan – does she need to go back there, possibly not.
“So hopefully we’ll aim for the Breeders’ Cup, with options on the way like the Vermeille maybe under consideration.”by: Michelle, August 21, 2012