The Group 1 Epsom Oaks winner today, Snow Fairy, was bred by her owner Cristina Patino in the name of Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc. The filly was offered for sale as a yearling but was brought back by her owner—who races as Anamoine Ltd.—for €1800. She was then supplemented to the Oaks after winning a Listed stakes over 10 furlongs at Goodwood on May 19, even though her trainer, Ed Dunlop, wasn’t quite sure she’d stay the 12 furlongs of the Oaks. How very propitious, indeed, because the same owner/trainer family combination also had the highly regarded 3-year-old colt Elusive Pimpernel entered for Sunday’s Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby equivalent) with a better chance than Snow Fairy’s in the Oaks, but he was withdrawn after suffering “minor setback.”
The Oaks winner is out of a family that Ms. Patino has cultivated, and Elusive Pimpernel is a member of it, as is the Group 3 winner Big Bad Bob, a half-sister to the Oaks winner’s dam. By the way, the sire of the Oaks winner, Intikhab, is a Roberto-line horse like Big Bad Bob, whom Ms. Patino also bred and raced. I wrote about Big Bad Bob and his Dubai-raced daughter Berg Bahn in February here. The Oaks winner is inbred 3×5 to Epsom Derby winner Roberto, whom Ms. Patino has obviously held in high esteem.