Positive Drug Test Changes Results of Major French Horse Race

English and Irish multiple champion race mare Snow Fairy tested positive for an anti-inflammatory medication and as a result was disqualified from her victory in the Aug. 19 Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville Racecourse in France.

"Snow Fairy has required medication to help with her tendon injury," trainer Ed Dunlop told The Racing Post. "Unfortunately the withdrawal period was longer than we had been advised. We would like to offer our sincerest apologies to all concerned parties."

Izzi Top, who finished second to Snow Fairy, has been awarded the race for trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick.

Prior to the Prix Jean Romanet, Snow Fairy had not started since winning the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I) in Japan last November due to ongoing injuries. The 5-year-old daughter of Intikhab is owned by Cristina Patino, who races in the name Anamoine Limited.

In September, Dunlop announced the mare would be sidelined for the rest of 2012 due to an injury.

Snow Fairy holds an overall record of 9-4-4 from 21 starts and has earnings of $6,517,161. She has scored in five other group I contests, including the Sept. 8 Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.

Out of Woodland Dream, by Charnwood Forest, Snow Fairy was bred in Ireland by her owner, under the name of Wildflower Overseas Holdings

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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