Heartbreak as Superstar racehorse dies aged just four

SUPERSTAR racehorse Snowfall has died aged four – with devastated trainer Aidan O’Brien calling her passing a ‘massive loss’.

Record-breaking Epsom Oaks winner Snowfall is believed to have done ‘the splits’ in her box and injured her pelvis.

Iconic trainer O’Brien said ‘we did everything we could for her’ but she had to be put to sleep.

O’Brien told the Racing Post: “We are very sorry to report that our wonderful filly Snowfall sustained a serious injury a few weeks ago.

“Despite the best care and attention from our veterinary team and from our team in here in Ballydoyle her condition seriously deteriorated a couple of days ago and we were left with no choice but to take the heartbreaking decision to have her put to sleep.

“She damaged her pelvis. She was fed at lunchtime by one of the lads and when he went back to her an hour later she was lame in the box.

“Our vet John Halley thinks that she did the splits in the box and injured her pelvis, but obviously we don’t know exactly how it happened.

“We did everything we could for her but it wasn’t to be.

“She is a massive loss to everyone here, from a racing and breeding perspective – she was such a high-class mare.”

Frankie Dettori blew away rivals with a massive 16-length win on Snowfall in last June’s Epsom Oaks.

The horse’s owners Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor – with a combined net worth in the billions – pocketed just under £225,000 for victory there.

They then saw the world-beating filly win the Irish Oaks a month later before triumphing in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks last August.

Snowfall earned connections £885,696 in just 14 races.

Her last run was a third-placed finish in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot last October.

She had finished sixth in the Arc de Triomphe just 13 days earlier.

Heartbroken fans paid tribute to Snowfall on social media.

One said: “It’s unfortunately true then, Aidan O’Brien confirms that top class filly Snowfall has been put down after sustaining a serious injury. Sad sad sad.”

Another commented: “Truly devastating news.”

A fellow racing fan wrote: “Heartbreaking news Snowfall, gone far too soon. Thoughts with all her connections.”

Another said: “I am at a loss for words.”