• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
Ireland: Sent off 2-7 favourite against overmatched rivals, Snowfall became the 15th filly to complete the Epsom/Curragh double in the Irish Oaks on Saturday [July 17]. Her winning margin of 8½ lengths was the biggest since Blakestown won by ten lengths in 1905; she has now won her two Classics by a cumulative distance of 24½ lengths.
The daughter of Deep Impact was Aidan O’Brien’s sixth Irish Oaks winner after Alexandrova (2006), Peeping Fawn (2007), Moonstone (2008), Bracelet (2014) and Seventh Heaven (2016). He has now equalled Sir Michael Stoute’s record tally.
100 Hollie Doyle
GB: With a double at Yarmouth on Wednesday evening, Hollie Doyle became the first jockey in Britain to reach 100 winners for the calendar year of 2021; it is the third season in a row that she has reached three figures.
Doyle, 24, reached the landmark on sprint handicapper Oakenshield before quickly moving onto 101 on Moonshiner in the last. Her personal-best score of 151 was achieved in 2020.
With 62 winners, defending champ Oisin Murphy leads the official title race, which started at the Guineas meeting. Doyle stands fifth on 43.
7 Golden Sixty
Hong Kong: Golden Sixty’s unblemished record of seven wins from seven starts (all of them Group races) has earned him the Hong Kong Horse of the Year title for the 2020-21 season, which ended on Wednesday [July 14].
Trained by Francis Lui, the six-year-old’s haul included four G1s on his most recent four outings: the Longines HK Mile, Stewards’ Cup, Citi HK Gold Cup and FWD Champions Mile.
With 157 winners, Joao Moreira was crowned champion jockey for the fourth time; Zac Purton was second with 125. Caspar Fownes landed the trainers’ title with 79, six more than runner-up John Size. He, too, was winning his fourth HK championship.
Australia: G1 winner Funstar achieved a digital-sale world-record price of A$2.7m (£1.45m/$2m) when she was sold to Katsumi Yoshida on Wednesday [July 14] at the Inglis Digital July (Early) Online Auction. She also goes to the paddocks at Northern Farm in Japan as the most expensive mare sold at public auction so far in 2021.