Monday 21 January 2019

Magical Minding too good in Nassau Stakes at Goodwood

Minding (left) is too good in the Nassau
Minding (left) is too good in the Nassau

Red-hot favourite Minding duly landed the odds in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly was adding another Group One prize to her laurels this season, following victories in the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Pretty Polly Stakes.

Sent off the 1-5 market leader in a five-runner field, Ryan Moore did not panic when caught in a pocket three furlongs out and gradually turned the screw on the outside with a quarter of a mile to run.

The daughter of Galileo took a few strides to fully see off the persistent challenge of Queen's Trust (16-1), but in the end was well on top for a length-and-a-quarter success.

Moore said: "It was always going to be a messy sort of race today. It was just a case of keeping it as simple as we could, she has an awful lot of class and was only doing what she had to do.

"She's a very special filly to keep coming back like she does, she's run in seven Group Ones and won six of them.

"It's hard to compare (horses), it's hard to know how good she is, she's doing it over a variety of trips and only does what she has to do."

O'Brien said: "We've been very happy with her at home and she's thrived from race to race. Physically she's getting stronger, and she has a super mind.

"It can get messy in those small fields, but Ryan handled it great. He said she did what she had to do and has become very professional.

"We can now look at York and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, but there is also France - she's probably ready to go down most roads. A mile, a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half all come alike to her."

Sir Michael Stoute was delighted with Queen's Trust, and said: "She's run a blinder and has been out of luck. She should have won at Newbury and was badly drawn in the Ribblesdale. She will now head for the Galtres (at York)."

Chris Richardson, for owners Cheveley Park Stud, added: "She has a lot of ability and has been very unlucky, coming from a long way back at Royal Ascot."

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