‘One Of The Best Fillies I Have Trained’: Champion Minding Retired From Racing

by | 07.13.2017 | 12:05pm
Champion Minding and jockey Ryan Moore overcame a troubled trip and drew off to win the 2016 G1 Investec Oaks

Seven-time Group 1 winner Minding, who captured the both the Qipco One Thousand Guineas and Epsom Oaks last season, has been retired from racing.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed the news with the Racing Post on Thursday. The Ballydoyle trainer called the 4-year-old daughter of Galileo “one of the best fillies I have trained.”

“We were really looking forward to this season after she won at Naas as she had done remarkably well from three to four,” O'Brien said. “Unfortunately, she injured her pastern and when it looked like we were running out of time to get her back to the track, the lads decided to retire her as she was just too important.”

O'Brien added, “She was an amazingly versatile filly, and to do all that at three was amazing really. It took a huge team effort for her to do what she done on the track and I would like to thank everybody who was involved.”

Minding earned championship honors as a juvenile after capturing the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and the G1 Dubai Fillies' Mile. As a 3-year-old, she won five of seven starts, all of which were Group 1 races. In addition to the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks, Minding captured the Pretty Polly Stakes, Nassau Stakes, and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. She finished second to Jet Setting in the G1 Irish One Thousand Guineas and third to Almanzor in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes.

In her only start this year, Minding won the G2 Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas.

Minding was bred in Ireland and is out of Lilllie Langtry (by Danehill Dancer), who was champion at three and winner of the G1 Coronation Stakes and G1 Matron Stakes.

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