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Minding makes short work of rivals on Naas return

1 May 2017

Aidain O'Brien says Prince of Wales's Stakes could be on agenda for brilliant filly

Minding won easily on her return at Naas. Picture:

Minding put down a marker for the season with an easy win in the Group Two Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on Monday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly won four QIPCO British Champions Series races last year and, to judge by her reappearance win, is again going to be a major force over the months head.

Without being asked too many questions, Minding took a few lengths out of the field and the 1-3 favourite extended in pleasing fashion.

Moonlight Magic came home a clear second best as Ryan Moore allowed Minding to coast across the line.

O’Brien said: “We’re delighted to get her started back, it’s nice to get her going again. Ryan was very happy with her.

“She has the options of the Tattersalls [Gold Cup] or the Lockinge in Newbury. We’ll probably be looking at the Tattersalls, I’d imagine that’s where we’ll go.

“We’ll take it one at a time but we’d be thinking of the Prince Of Wales at Royal Ascot then.

“She’s a great filly and what she did last year was incredible. To go back to a mile at the end, it’s very rare a horse can do that over a mile, a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half.

“She’s done well physically and has changed into a four-year-old. When she was a two-year-old she looked like a two-year-old and then she looked like a three-year-old, but sometimes horses going from three to four don’t look like four-year-olds. She has changed.”

Jean Claude-Rouget has indicated Almanzor, the brilliant QIPCO Champion Stakes winner, will also be aimed at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.