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MINDING looks set to stay in training next season after a phenomenal year that culminated in her being crowned Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly.
The daughter of the 2001 Epsom Derby winner Galileo won five of her seven starts as a three-year-old and all at Group 1 level. The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly’s terrific season was highlighted by a tenacious victory in the Investec Oaks where she was forced to overcome significant trouble in running before securing a decisive victory.
The beautifully bred filly – whose dam is the dual Group 1 winner Lillie Langtry – also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas (Newmarket), Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (Curragh), Qatar Nassau Stakes (Goodwood) and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (British Champions Day, Ascot).
“From the first time I sat on Minding, I thought she was a bit different,” Moore said at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday.
“She impressed me as a two-year-old at Newmarket and all this year she never let us down and never ran a bad race.
“Obviously, fair credit must go to Aidan and his team for keeping her going all through the year and performing so consistently and bravely every time. She was a pleasure to ride and, all being well, we will see her again next year.
“She didn’t get a smooth run in the Oaks but she dug me out of a hole and she kept performing. Her performance at Ascot was very good and she was every bit as good at the end of the year as she was at the start, which I think is a sign of her toughness.
“She has a lot of class. She was good at two and three and I see no reason why that shouldn’t be any different next year.
“The horses have been great all year and I am delighted to be part of it.”
Owner’s Coolmore’s UK representative, Kevin Buckley added, “Minding has had a wonderful season. She raced at the highest level seven times and won five Group 1s.
“Her versatility was remarkable. She commenced the season in early May by winning the mile 1,000 Guineas followed by the Oaks at Epsom over a mile and a half, two further Group 1s in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh and the Nassau at Goodwood over a mile and a quarter and then, most significantly, dropping back to a mile again on a wonderful day on QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot and winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“It has been a truly magnificent season for Minding. It was a privilege to witness her career on the track and we look forward to seeing her again next year.”
Coolmore dominated the Cartier Racing Awards, with prizes also going to Prix de l’Arc winner Found (Older Horse Award) Dubai Dewhurst Stakes winner Churchill (Two-Year-Old Colt Award) and Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George (Stayer Award).
Additionally, all of Coolmore’s Cartier Racing Award winners were sired by their stallion Galileo and also Aidan O’Brien won the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit for 2016.
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