Champion Minding and jockey Ryan Moore overcame a troubled trip and drew off to win the G1 Investec Oaks
Though the win would not come as easily as some of her more recent scores, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s 3-year-old filly Minding would find her way to the winner’s circle for a sixth Group 1 score in a row in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood Saturday, reports The Guardian. The daughter of Galileo was skillfully ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Nearing the top of the straight, Minding was squeezed by her rivals and forced to check. “It’d be a problem to another horse, but not really to her,” said jockey Moore, who guided the filly to clear sailing and breezed under the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front of her five rivals.
“Hopefully she’ll be OK but you’d be nervous watching it because lots of stuff can happen,” said O’Brien after the race. “Race-riding is very dangerous at the best of times and, at the speed that they’re going on those kind of tracks, a lot of stuff can happen.”
Minding may well be pointed to a contest against males as she has continuously proven herself against the best of the females, though trainer O’Brien wouldn’t confirm a particular race plan.
Read more at The Guardian.
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