When Skye Snow crossed the line in front at Gulfstream Park, it sparked a double celebration for the members of the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate.
Not only was the filly their first winner on US soil but it also meant the ‘PLS’ colours have now been carried to victory in every country in which they have had runners.
The achievement, appropriately, was completed on International Women’s Day with the well-backed Skye Snow lining-up in the widest draw of all in a Maiden Special Weight under Irad Ortiz. Breaking well the rider allowed the Mike Maker trained three-year-old to slot in around midfield in the early stages. Moving well, he started to move the filly into contention around the turn and was in a line of three leading the way into the stretch. The trio settled down to battle it out, but in the end, Skye Snow proved the strongest to win by just short of a length to complete the ‘full house’ of wins.
“This is an unbelievable achievement for our Syndicate,” said Phoenix Ladies Principal Pamela Cordina. “When we set up PLS we wanted not just to bring more Ladies into the sport but have success as well. To have seen our silks carried to victory in all four countries in such a short time is incredible. We have to thank everyone who has helped us along the way. It’s been a huge team effort, and we are very proud.”
Initially set up to encourage female ownership across the UAE, the all-female team, have seen heir horse numbers grow worldwide to Australia, The UK, The US in addition to those in Dubai. It was in the Emirate that PLS first burst onto the scene in 2018. They tasted success with their first two runners before sending out three to run in the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup night. Forever In Dreams gave syndicate a couple of days to remember at Group One level placing at both Royal Ascot and Britsh Champions Day. Euphoric Summer delivered their first Australian win and just last week Little Red Socks was successful in the UK.