Minding heads for QEII as O’Brien finalises Ascot squad
Minding: star filly is joined by Hit It A Bomb in the Queen Elizabeth II
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By Tony O'Hehir 8:52PM 12 OCT 2016
AIDAN O'BRIEN, who has swept all before him in recent weeks, on Wednesday night finalised his running plans for Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, revealing Minding would line up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
The 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner will be ridden by Ryan Moore and is joined by stablemate Hit It A Bomb, the mount of Seamie Heffernan, but Alice Springs, around a 10-1 shot for the race, misses out.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Found will run under Moore in the Champion Stakes along with the Heffernan-ridden US Army Ranger.
The trainer will be represented in the Fillies & Mares Stakes by Seventh Heaven (Moore), Pretty Perfect (Heffernan) and Even Song, while Gold Cup winner Order Of St George, who chased home Found when third in the Arc, will be on duty in the Long Distance Cup.
Washington DC, a general 12-1 for the Sprint Stakes, will not, however, be part of O'Brien's squad as he aims to continue his golden run.
After saddling the first three home in the Arc, the Ballydoyle supremo had one-twos in the Fillies' Mile and Dewhurst and is in touching distance of the late Bobby Frankel's haul of 25 top-level Flat victories in a calendar year.
O'Brien, who is on 20, told the Racing Post on Wednesday evening: "All the horses who are running are in good form since their last runs and we wouldn't want much more rain at Ascot."
The fields for Ascot's meeting on Saturday will be finalised on Thursday morning.