Snow Fairy statue unveiled

Snow Fairy with trainer Ed Dunlop and owner Cristina Patino
Snow Fairy with trainer Ed Dunlop and owner Cristina Patino

Mrs Cristina Patino last week unveiled a statue of her legendary mare Snow Fairy at Leopardstown Racecourse alongside Snow Fairy and trainer Ed Dunlop who travelled over for the event.

Snow Fairy won the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes in 2012 beating Nathaniel and St Nicholas Abbey, establishing a new course record. Mrs Patino commissioned Emma McDermott to create the bronze statue and it now stands overlooking the winner’s enclosure.

Snow Fairy who failed to raise any interest at the sales in 2008 was bought back by her owner-breeder for €1,800 and went on to win close to £4 million in prize-money having won six Group 1 races across the globe.

She remains the only international horse to have won two Group 1s in Japan. Snow Fairy, now 7-years-old, was retired in 2013 due to an injury and resides in Simmonstown Stud in Co Kildare and is in foal by her owner Cristina Patino’s Craven Stakes winner Elusive Pimpernel.

Mrs Patino said: “I’m delighted that Leopardstown have agreed to honour my champion race mare Snow Fairy by accepting a gift of a life-size bronze. Snow Fairy had two of her most exciting races in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.”

The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes takes place this year on Saturday 13th September, Day 1 of the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend.