Dettori Bullish On Snow Fairy In Arc

Lanfranco 'Frankie' Dettori could not be more bullish on his four-year-old filly, Snow Fairy IRE (Intikhab USA), whom he will ride in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, 1m4f (1½m, 12f, 2400m) at Longchamp Sunday.

Dettori's views must be respected as he has won three Arcs on Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2002).

"Longchamp is a very flat course and the race itself will be very slick, suiting a horse that is light on its feet and able to go through the gears.  On that score, it is tailor made for Snow Fairy."

He compared her progress against the favourite of many, So You Think NZ (High Chaparral IRE), when she closed the nine-length gap in Sandown's Coral-Eclipse to a half length in last month's Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.  Both races are 1m2f (1¼m, 10f, 2000m).

He dismissed the highly-vaunted So You Think with "The Irish Champion suits a grinder rather than a horse with a turn of foot.  I really think a fast-run mile and a half on a quick, flat track will see Snow Fairy in her best light - So You Think will have to be every bit as good over the extra two furlongs to stay ahead of her."

Fortunately, Snow Fairy's owner Christina Patino trusted her trainer, Ed Dunlop, when he leapt at the chance for his filly in the Arc (when the ground changed).

If Dettori is right, SYT's owners may regret not listening to their trainer and save him for the more appropriate
QIPCO British Champions Day.

Racing International

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