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Moore Has Faith In Minding

Friday, 3rd June 2016

Champion jockey Ryan Moore admits that star filly Minding (Galileo-Lillie Langtry, by Danehill Dancer) has had a less than ideal preparation for tonight's Gr1 English Oaks (12 furlongs) at Epsom, reports Racing Post. Minding boasts far superior form to her rivals having been crowned champion 2YO filly of Europe last year and resuming with a brilliant win in the English 1,000 Guineas last month. However, the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly is coming off a surprise last-start defeat in the Irish 1,000 Guineas behind Jet Setting on soft ground, with connections also reporting that she bumped her head in the stalls prior to jumping. "My high opinion of this filly is well-known and I was gutted that she got beaten in the Irish 1,000 Guineas... the fact that she banged her head coming out of the stalls didn't help," Moore said. "However, ultimately, I think that she just found the ground too soft for her against a filly who relished the conditions, and the pair did pull ten lengths clear of the third." He added: "So, yes, you could say that she hasn't had an ideal preparation for this race and that she would want better ground, though it can dry out very quickly at Epsom." Moore is also confident in Minding's ability to see out the Oaks distance and has no doubt she is the best horse in the race. "She obviously has her stamina to prove but I think she will stay okay, and you have to look at the opposition when making those kind of assessments," he said. "In my opinion she will stay well enough in this company, as I think the formbook tells you that she goes into the race as much the best filly and, to be honest, I am struggling to see one that I am afraid of." Minding will become the first filly since Kazzia in 2002 to complete the English 1,000 Guineas-Oaks double if she is successful in the fillies classic.

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