JOCKEY Bernard Fayd’Herbe had high praise for three-year-old Snowdance after she skated home in Saturday’s Gr1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth.

“I’ve sat on some very good fillies, but this one is real special. She’s in a different league, I can compare her with Sun Classique,“ he said in reference to the former international star and Dubai Sheema Classic winner in 2008.

Snowdance put daylight between herself and some top rivals.
Snowdance put daylight between herself and some top rivals.

Trainer Justin Snaith was just a little concerned that Snowdance would not be as effective over the mile as she’d been over 1400m, but she put all fears to bed in decisive style.  She quickened clear decisively with 350m to run, extended and then eased down to win by 3.25-lengths from stablemate Oh Susannah, tipped by Snaith as one to watch earlier this week.

“She’s turned into a very nice ride. She settles, she has a nice temperament and you can place her,” added Fayd’Herbe, who’d expressed early confidence in an interview with Turf Talk fully six weeks ago.

“I didn’t want to let her go too early but she was travelling so well at the 500m-mark I asked her to quicken away. I’m lost for words, very impressed!” the jockey said.

“Yes, she’s proper, she’s an absolute natural,” said Snaith, who’d just saddled his fifth winner from seven races on the day.

“From the day she arrived in my stable every jockey that rode her said she was a superstar, I think Greg Cheyne was the first.  The reports from Drakenstein Stud were also good, they had pre-trained her.”

Snowdance, a daughter of Captain Al and Spring Lilac, was bred by Vaughan Koster at Cheveley Stud and she races for Gaynor Rupert and Jack Mitchell. She was a R2-million buy for John Freeman at the 2016 BSA National Yearling Sale.


  1. A quality field and every reason to believe Bernard is right. The way she quickens says so much, it must be wonderful to own a horse like this.