Heavily-favored Minding took command two furlongs from the wire and drew off to a sharp 3 ½-length victory in the Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket.
The daughter of Galileo led home a 1-2-3 sweep for both her sire and for trainer Aidan O'Brien, as Ballydoyle closed strongly to take second over Alice Springs. The victory more than made up for a disappointing Saturday for the trainer, when the heavily-favored Air Force Blue only beat one home in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
Minding was making her first start of the season in the Guineas, and picked up right where she left off last year, winning yet another Group 1 contest. As a juvenile, Minding captured the G1 Dubai Fillies' Mile and the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes on her way to earning championship honors in Ireland.
Breaking alertly under jockey Ryan Moore, Minding pressed the early pacesetter, Lumiere, through the early stages of the race before taking over two furlongs from the wire and pulling away for the win. Ballydoyle, who was hampered by traffic troubles early on, closed strongly once in the clear but was no match for the winner.
The victory marked a career milestone for trainer Aidan O'Brien, who notched his 250th Group 1 with the win.
“Obviously they are three very top-class fillies and I'm delighted with the result – we thought that they were three very good fillies and it's a marvelous result,” O'Brien told reporters after the race.
“We always thought this was a very good filly, but a lot of people who have put a lot of hard work into her – she's something to really look forward to.”
Final time for the eight furlongs was 1:36.53 over a turf course rated 'good'.
Minding was bred in Ireland by Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt, and races for the partnership of Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, and Michael Tabor. She is out of Lillie Langtry (by Danehill Dancer), winner of the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and co-highweight filly at three in England.
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