Injuries force O’Brien filly Minding into retirement


Brilliant filly Minding, the winner of seven Group One races, has been retired.

The daughter of Galileo had not been seen in competitive action since making an impressive start to the campaign in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas in early May after suffering a setback.

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Aidan O'Brien had hoped to welcome the filly back into training earlier this month, but revealed she was not yet ready to return to exercise, after further X-rays carried out by vet John Halley, and cautioned about her racing future.

And O'Brien's daughter, Ana, tweeted on Thursday: "Wishing Minding a happy retirement as she just left for Coolmore today. #Minding #SpecialFilly."

Minding struck at the top level as a two-year-old when winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Fillies' Mile, and completed a Classic double the following season in the Qipco 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks, having surprisingly been beaten in the Irish Guineas.

Her last big-race success came in October, when beating Ribchester in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

In total she won nine of her 13 starts and more than €2.6million in prize-money.

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