Snowy Owl

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Snowy Owl


(Nyctea scandiaca), a bird of the family Strigidae, native to the arctic.

Snowy owls are distributed in the tundra zone of North America, Europe, and Asia, and on certain islands of the northern Arctic Ocean. In the winter they migrate to the steppe zone. Their plumage is white, with greater or lesser development of brown spots. Their length is 55–65 cm; wingspread, 150–168 cm; and weight, 1.5–2.5 kg. The eggs (from three to 11) are laid in the middle or end of May; a hole in the earth, lined with moss, serves as a nest. The brooding lasts about a month. Intensive reproduction of snowy owls may be observed in years of abundance of its main food, lemmings. When there are few lemmings, the number of eggs in a clutch is smaller, and in some years snowy owls do not nest at all.

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Connections of Arctic Owl are considering a tilt at the Smurfit Champion Hurdle with the gelding, who will need to win well on Town Moor to justify his place in the lineup at Cheltenham at the Festival in March.
Having arrived down under three weeks ago, Arctic Owl had seemed less than enthusiastic in his early work at the local Sandown Park racetrack on the outskirts of Melbourne.
It was also a first in a British Isles classic for jockey David Harrison who gave Arctic Owl a superb ride, challenging the leader Yvana's Pace a furlong and a half from home and going on to win with plenty in hand.
Patiently ridden by David Harrison, Arctic Owl quickened to lead under two furlongs out and forced front-running Mark Johnston's Yavana's Pace, to settle for the runner-up's slot for the second year in a row.
Arctic Owl proved best of the European challengers but the beer money was won by New Zealand-trained Brew who stormed to success in the Foster's Melbourne Cup before a crowd in excess of 120,000 at sunny Flemington yesterday.
As expected, the Martin Pipe-trained Far Cry (9st) and James Fanshawe's Arctic Owl (8-13) were both declared for the November 7 contest.
Arctic Owl, "a horse bought for a laugh", gave Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe his first win in Ireland, romping home from Yavana's Pace in yesterday's Irish St Leger at The Curragh.
There are four British challengers - Arctic Owl, Little Rock, Mutafaweq and Yavana's Pace.
Who trained the following winners at the 1998 Newmarket Cambridgeshire meeting: a) Enrique (Tattersall Stakes); b) Kissogram (Sun Chariot Stakes); c) Lear Spear (Cambridgeshire); d) Arctic Owl (Jockey Club Cup); e) Bishops Court (Rous Stakes)?
He was fourth to Arctic Owl in 1999 and a close third behind Solo Mio 12 months ago.
British-based trio Arctic Owl, Far Cry and Lightning Arrow are set to go straight for the contest a week today, as is Irish raider Enzeli, who will carry top-weight along with Far Cry.
Over at the Curragh Arctic Owl plundered the Jefferson Smurfit Irish St Leger to give Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe his first Classic win.

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