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Sheffield: Snowy keeps track career alive with easy Yorkshire Oaks win.

Byline: Peter Meldrum

RYEFIELD SNOWY, a bitch running on borrowed time, was a convincing winner of the Nigel Troth Yorkshire Oaks final at Sheffield on Saturday, writes Peter Meldrum.

A finalist in last year's William Hill Oaks at Wimbledon and runner-up to Knockeevan Star in the Scottish Derby decider, owner Steve Sessions' bitch will be retired to the breeding paddock as soon as she comes into season. However, she'll be kept on the go, and proved on Saturday she can hold her own in the best company.

A solid 5-2 chance in a quiet betting market, Ryefield Snowy was out-trapped by both Kinda Swell and Useless Baby. However, with favourite Larkhill Sian missing the break, Brian Clemenson's bitch took a position next to the rails on the run to the corner and used that advantage to move into the lead rounding the first bend.

From thereon the result was never in doubt as she pulled clear of her field down the back-straight. Kinda Swell maintained the chase throughout but was still almost three lengths adrift of the 29.47sec winner at the line, with Larkhill Sian coming from an impossible position to snatch third.

Clemenson said yesterday: "I was very disappointed with her when she led and got beat at Sheffield last month.

"But afterwards we found she had a problem in her neck. We gave her a couple of weeks off to work on the injury and she's come back better than ever. The Golden Crest at Poole is likely to be next, I think the sharp 450 metres will suit her

A delighted Sessions added: "Brian has done a brilliant job to get her back to her best, but he is aware of my intentions of retiring her as soon as she comes into season."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2001
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