Saturday 21 April 2018

Minding may not race again as decision looms for O'Brien

Minding, with Ryan Moore up, on the way to winning the Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on May 1. Photo: PA Wire
Minding, with Ryan Moore up, on the way to winning the Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on May 1. Photo: PA Wire

Johnny Ward

A decision on Minding's future is to be made shortly, with Aidan O'Brien a little despondent about her prospects of seeing the track again.

The brilliant filly, possibly the best of the sex he has trained, suffered a setback in May, having cruised to victory on her seasonal return.

O'Brien admitted earlier this month that she may have to be retired to the paddocks and he told the Irish Independent yesterday: "It's very possible at this stage she won't run again. For sure, a decision must be made soon; otherwise we're out of time for the year."

O'Brien has had a luckless run with some of his top runners of late. Wings Of Eagles, which he reports to be doing well in his recuperation, had to be retired after suffering a serious injury in the Irish Derby - despite which he was narrowly touched off. High-class filly Somehow, meanwhile, was put down.

Interference

Moreover, Cliffs Of Moher met extreme interference in the Eclipse last Saturday, losing all chance and finishing a brave fourth. "Not every race goes perfectly," said O'Brien. "He's having an easy time of it. We'll see for sure in a week or so how he is but he should be fine to look at the top ten-furlong races later on in the season."

Meanwhile, Caravaggio will tackle his elders in the Darley July Cup on Saturday, bidding to maintain his unbeaten record. Henry Candy - trainer of Limato - has expressed minor doubts given that the grey got worked up in the stalls before scoring in the Commonwealth Cup.

Candy added he may be "clutching at straws", while O'Brien said of the son of Scat Daddy: "It was always going to be two races, then the July Cup if things went to plan. We are very happy."

As regard Saturday's Irish Oaks, Ballydoyle is to run Alluringly and Pretty Polly runner-up Rain Goddess, about which he admits stamina is unproven.

O'Brien is unsure about riding arrangements, though Ryan Moore will partner Caravaggio at Newmarket.

Dual Guineas hero Churchill is on course for Glorious Goodwood, despite a tame run in the St James' Palace Stakes last time.

Irish Derby hero Capri is being aimed at an autumn campaign.

Elsewhere, trainer Charlie Appleby has ruled this year's Prix Saint-Alary winner Sobetsu out of the Irish Oaks after failing to be convinced that she stays.

Mori, the Michael Stoute-trained Frankel-bred which landed a Listed race at Goodwood before going under by just a neck to Coronet in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, has also been ruled out.

Last year's Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet, like the Michael Halford-trained Irishcorrespondent, is to continue his career in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Barry Geraghty - injured since the Irish National on Easter Monday - saw his surgeon yesterday. "So far so good," said the rider. "He'll see me again the week before Galway so fingers crossed."

Second to Geraghty in the JP McManus operation is Mark Walsh, who fractured facial bones in a fall last week. He was due to see a specialist yesterday but this was postponed until Friday.

Irish Independent

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