The Aidan O’Brien-trained Minding, one of the finest fillies in the world, and winner of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks, has sadly been ruled out a midsummer campaign by the Ballydoyle maestro after he revealed that his star filly has suffered an injury setback which will keep her out of action until the autumn of this year.
A facile winner of the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on her seasonal reappearance earlier this month, the four-year-old daughter of Galileo was being aimed for the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup which took place at the Curragh on Sunday, before a tilt at Royal Ascot in June, but those plans have now been stalled and the filly could return for an autumn campaign that may potentially include another run in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot in October, in which Minding beat this year’s Al Shaqab Lockinge winner Ribchester.
Minding could not have made a better return to action at Naas under Ryan Moore in which she quickened up nicely after being off the track since October. She showed she retained all her old class and enthusiasm for the game.
However, O’Brien will now look for targets later on in the year, revealing:
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.