Minding Scoots Home at Newmarket
Top of the market for next season’s 1000 Guineas after a dominant performance at Newmarket this afternoon it was Aidan O’Brien’s Minding who demonstrated her class in the Group 1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile.
The Galileo filly added a second Group 1 to her cv and only needed minimal encouragment from Ryan Moore to streak clear from closest rival Nathra and Hawksmoor back in third with Coolmore also for Aidan O’Brien in fourth spot.
A win over Ballydoyle at Irish Champions Weekend when landing the Moyglare Stud Stakes this was another step forward for the filly who is exciting connections ahead of next season.
Ryan Moore “She travelled so easily the whole way. As soon as I pulled her out, she was gone. She has an unbelievable mind and went down to the start so well, she has plenty of pace, she can stay at a mile but I’m sure with her temperament it will allow her to stay further. I couldn’t have been more impressed by her.”
Winning trainer O’Brien reflected on his high class filly following her romp.
“She’s a lovely filly. She travels and quickens and has always shown she’s a very high-class filly. Listening to Joseph and Ryan talking before the race and Joseph described this filly to Ryan as an Irish Guineas or Pretty Polly filly.”
The trainer was quick to point out both Ballydoyle and Minding would now be rested until next year. The second Nathra ran a big race for John Gosden but was no match for the winner.
“Obviously the winner is truly exceptional and it’s hard to see her not being champion two-year-old filly of Europe. It was no disgrace for us, she ran a fabulous race coming from last but she had no answer to the winner’s acceleration. We’re really happy with her and happy we supplemented her.”
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