Cartier Horse of the Year Minding, who was the heavy favorite for Sunday's Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, will be sidelined until the fall after suffering a setback, according to a report in the Racing Post.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien revealed the news Friday morning, telling reporters, “Unfortunately, Minding has had a setback and won't be running in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. She will also miss Royal Ascot and won't be running again for a few months. We're now looking at an autumn campaign for her.”
A winner of nine of her 13 career starts, Minding had a spectacular 3-year-old season, rattling off five Group 1 wins including victories in the Investec Oaks, English One Thousand Guineas, Pretty Polly Stakes, Nassau Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
She made a successful start to her 2017 season, taking the G2 Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas earlier this month.
Minding joins fellow G1 winner and stablemate Seventh Heaven on the sidelines at Ballydoyle. Seventh Heaven, who captured the G1 Darley Irish Oaks and G1 Yorkshire Oaks last year, was targeting the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom. She also suffered an undisclosed setback and will be out until autumn.
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