Moore hails 'exceptional' minding after blistering triumph in fillies' mile at newmarket
When jockey Ryan Moore describes a horse as "exceptional" it is usually a sign to take note, and that is the very word he echoed after Minding destroyed her rivals in the Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket yesterday.
Having already advertised her talents in top company with victory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes - a win which received a significant boost following the effort of stablemate Ballydoyle in the Prix Marcel Boussac - the daughter of Galileo had the three-times champion jockey singing her praises when posting a decisive success in the Group One prize.
In a change of tactics, recent Rockfel Stakes third Hawksmoor cut out the early running together with outsider Opal Tiara, as Moore adopted a patient approach aboard the Aidan O'Brien-trained 5/4 favourite, which had been something of a surprise winner at the Curragh.
As the pace lifted, Moore eased his mount into contention around the outside of the field, before flicking the switch to kick her into overdrive just outside the furlong pole.
Responding immediately, Minding quickly put daylight between herself and her rivals to put the race to bed within a matter of strides.
Although the previously unbeaten Nathra mounted a challenge from the back of the field, she had no answer to the acceleration shown by Minding as four and a half lengths separated the pair at the line. It was another two and a quarter lengths back to early leader Hawksmoor in third.
Boylesports and Paddy Power made the winner 3/1 favourite for next season's 1000 Guineas.
Moore said: "She's a truly exceptional filly - she travelled so easily the whole way. As soon as I pulled her out, she was gone.
"She has an unbelievable mind and went down to the start so well. She has plenty of pace and can stay at a mile but I'm sure her temperament will allow her to stay further.
"I was cantering really the whole way. I couldn't have been more impressed by her. She just powered up the hill."
O'Brien added: "She's a lovely filly. She travels and quickens and has always shown she's high-class."