Mighty Minding to enhance portfolio
The mighty Minding will tomorrow endeavour to secure an historic triumph in the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes.
Aidan O'Brien has already masterminded four Group One successes over three trips out of his dual Classic-winning daughter of Galileo.
From last year's Moyglare Stud and Fillies' Mile victories, to this year's exploits against her own age group over a mile and 12 furlongs, Minding has established herself as an utterly precocious filly.
She recovered from a shock Irish 1,000 Guineas defeat to Jet Setting by defying trouble in running to plunder Oaks glory at Epsom. Now, she reverts to the intermediate trip of 10 furlongs against her elders, as she bids to become the first Oaks heroine to follow up in this €250,000 Group One.
Ryan Moore's mount is as low as 1/5 to further enhance her stunning portfolio.
Truth be told, she could probably trade at a couple of points shorter and few would argue with it.
Sure, she was beaten here last month, but the ground was soft on that occasion, which suited Jet Setting down to a tee.
They became embroiled in a rare old tussle in the straight, and, while Minding lost out, they came 10 lengths clear of the rest.
Minding then showed what a fantastic appetite she has for the game at Epsom. This will be her fourth Group One start in less than two months and a sixth in succession, so maybe she will be vulnerable.
However, O'Brien clearly feels that it is a risk worth taking, and the opposition were never going to put him off.
In short, the other four runners are not in the same league, so this really should be a formality for such an exciting filly.
The same elite firm might take the opening juveniles' maiden with Gleneagles' full-brother Taj Mahal, while Roly Poly could run well for them in the Grangecon Stud Stakes.
Fourth to Caravaggio here in Listed company before little went right for her at Ascot, Roly Poly is better than her finishing position there suggests. She steps up to six furlongs for a first time in this Group Three, and that might be the key to her.
The Royal Ascot winner Sir Isaac Newton also makes a quick reappearance in the Finlay Volvo International Stakes. This looks an open enough contest, so Ballydoyle's improving Wolferton winner has as good a chance as any.
If he progresses again, maybe he will prove hard to beat, but Chemical Charge appeals as nap material. Ger Lyons's Sea The Stars colt showed plenty of quality when winning both of its starts for Ralph Beckett as a two-year-old in 2014. He then missed all of last year, but ran with real credit here on his reappearance.
On what was also Chemical Charge's first start for Lyons, he rattled home late in Listed company over this 10-furlong trip to finish second to Portage, with Sir Isaac Newton a couple of lengths back in third.
Those two went on to enjoy famous wins at Ascot, while the fourth, General Macarthur, also won at Naas next time. Clearly, it was a cracking turn from Chemical Charge.
Maybe the bounce factor is a slight a concern given Colin Keane's mount's previous lay-off, but you would like to think that he can step up here.
In the Rockingham, Lyons's Ardhoomey tops the page and is a consistent operator that couldn't be discounted.
Dutch Masterpiece, Desert Law and Kimberella will be charged with securing a fourth successive win for the raiders in the €100,000 handicap, but preference is for Tracey Collins's Chiclet.
Unsighted in the five-furlong dash last year, Chiclet had already lost her form back then.
This time, she has been kept fresher for this, not running since finishing a fine second to Ostatnia at Tipperary in May.
She had previously won two on the spin, and needs a career-best turn to win off 91 here. Under just 8st 13lb, she is tipped to do so for Pat Smullen.