Minding the Queen of Ascot
Minding showed the boys a clean pair of heels to notch another Group One triumph in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Minding wins the QEII under Ryan Moore
On the go all season, Aidan O'Brien's brilliant filly already had the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Nassau Stakes in the bag and had run well in the Irish Champion Stakes behind Almanzor and Found.
Dropped back to a mile for the first time since her surprise reverse in the Irish Guineas, she was not inconvenienced in the slightest, travelling strongly throughout for Ryan Moore.
Jet Setting led the group on the near side with Galileo Gold racing keenly behind her, while on the far side Barchan, making the pace for Ribchester, was giving the perfect lead to Minding with Ribchester behind her.
Approaching the final furlong Moore kicked clear and gained a decisive two-length advantage, which his mount needed in the end as several closed her down.
Ribchester made good late gains to close to within half a length of the 7-4 favourite, with a further length back to Lightning Spear.
Moore, bagging the first Champions Day meeting success of his career, said: "Really delighted with her today. She's had a hard season and to bring her back to a mile is some achievement really.
"She was too good for them, too strong. She has lots of pace and masses of talent."
Minding is the first of her sex to win the race since Milligram in 1987 and few can have been as tough as the daughter of Galileo, having danced every dance in Group One races over distances ranging from a mile to a mile and a half.
The statistic about Moore never having won a race on Britain's richest raceday in its five-year existence can finally be put to bed.
In addition, Minding was winning her seventh top-level contest in an incredible career and it was O'Brien's 21st Group One of the season in pursuit of the late Bobby Frankel's record of 25.
O'Brien said: "It's unbelievable, she's an incredible filly. "The last day she worked, Seamus (Heffernan) got off her and we couldn't believe it. It's a big team effort, as you can imagine.
"I can't say how delighted I am for everybody but she's an incredible filly – a mile, a mile and a half then bring her back to a mile in an all-aged Group One against the boys, they have to be special to do those things.
"I'd imagine that would be it for this year and the lads have talked about bringing her back next year, hopefully.
"To stay a mile and a half and then do that over a mile, they have to be very special."
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