Brilliant racemare Snow Fairy will miss the Group I Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the remainder of her 2012 campaign after returning from her final piece of serious work before the Arc with heat in a foreleg, Racing Post reports.
Third in the Arc last year and among the favorites for this year’s edition, the Ed Dunlop-trained mare has had a series of injuries throughout her career that have ruled her out of major targets. The five-year-old daughter of Intikhab came back from a tendon injury to win the Group I Prix Jean Romanet this August in her first start back and most recently romped against males in track record time in the Group I Irish Champion Stakes on September 8.
“We don’t know everything yet but she did her final piece of serious work yesterday and she worked very well,” Dunlop told the Racing Post on Saturday morning. “But at evening stables we realised she has a bit of heat in her foreleg.
“With veterinary advice we decided risking her in the Arc in a week’s time was not an option, and as she was missing the Arc we thought the best thing to do would be to put her away and give her every chance to recover.”
Patrick Cooper, racing manager to the owner, added: “It is a separate issue to the one which sidelined her earlier this year. Provided that she makes a full recovery, (owner) Cristina Patino has confirmed that Snow Fairy will remain in training next year.”
Snow Fairy has won seven Group I races in her career in five different countries.