The Coolmore partnership-owned Minding captured her seventh Group 1 victory on Saturday, rallying home fiercely in the stretch to win the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions day at Ascot. The sophomore daughter of Galileo was defeating older males for the first time, and held off a determined Ribchester by a half-length on the wire. Over good turf, Minding and Ryan Moore completed the one-mile contest in 1:38.53 for trainer Aidan O'Brien.
“I'm really delighted with her today,” Moore told racingpost.com. “It's some performance. She was great in the Guineas and she's had a hard year, but Aidan has just freshened her up and brought her back to a mile. It's some achievement to see off the colts there. She's done it the hard way and was just too good for them, too strong.”
“She's an incredible filly,” said O'Brien. “The last day she worked Seamie [Heffernan] got off her and said he couldn't believe the work. It's a big team effort and I can't say how delighted I am for everyone.”
The victory brings Minding's career tally to eight wins from 12 career starts, with earnings of £2,261,739 (US$2,756,155). She is the first filly to win this race since 1987.
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