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Snow Fairy - Deauville - 19.08.2012

Snow Fairy: tested positive for an anti-inflammatory after Group 1 win

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Dunlop sorry as Snow stripped of Romanet win

SNOW FAIRY, who completed a remarkable comeback from career-threatening injury to win the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville this summer after nine months off the track, has had her victory taken away after failing a drugs test.

A routine sample taken from the Ed Dunlop-trained mare after the Group 1 contest on August 19 discovered traces of a prohibited substance, resulting in her disqualification by France Galop. The John Gosden-trained Izzi Top, who was three-quarters of a length behind in second, has been awarded the race.

France Galop spokesman Julien Pescatore said: "We can confirm Snow Fairy has been stripped of her win in the Prix Jean Romanet following an inquiry. The commissioners have fined the trainer €4,500."

Dunlop released a statement in which he took responsibility for the failed test, which came as a result of the anti-inflammatory medication being used to treat Snow Fairy remaining in her system longer than expected.

"We have sadly learned that Snow Fairy has been disqualified from her victory in the Prix Romanet in Deauville as a result of failing a routine dope test taken after the race," he said. "Due to the significant tendon injury that she suffered at the end of last year, Snow Fairy required anti-inflammatory medication to help the injury.

"Unfortunately the withdrawal period was longer than we had been advised. The trainer is ultimately responsible and we would like to offer our sincerest apologies to all concerned parties."

The tendon injury, sustained a year ago in preparation for a trip to Hong Kong, had put Snow Fairy’s career in jeopardy.

She not only recovered to win in France but followed up by beating Nathaniel and St Nicholas Abbey in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, where she set a course record. She was being prepared for the Arc when she was ruled out by another setback.

Patrick Cooper, racing manager to owner Cristina Patino, said: "The news from France Galop is very regrettable. We were informed by France Galop of a problem two months ago and have been co-operating with them in their investigation.

"It is very upsetting for Ed Dunlop and his team, who have been exemplary in their training and care of this magnificent mare. We are fully supportive of him and are certain this will not detract from both his and Snow Fairy's achievements."
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