O’Brien tribute to Minding
Aidan O'Brien has paid tribute to the brilliant Minding following her retirement from racing on Thursday.
The daughter of Galileo struck at Group One level on seven occasions, including Classic wins in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Investec Oaks at Epsom last season.
O'Brien said: "She was an incredible filly and was one of the best fillies I have trained. What she did was just incredible because she ran at the top level between a mile and a mile and a half as a three-year-old. To win five Group Ones at three is amazing really.
"She had the most brilliant physique and a wonderful pedigree. Above all, it was her mind that made her special because she was such a pleasure to deal with and had a brilliant attitude.
"She was incredibly well-named."
Minding rounded off her three-year-old campaign when beating Ribchester in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and was hugely impressive on her reappearance in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas.
However, a subsequent setback ruled her out for the summer and eventually forced connections to call time on her career.
"She injured her pastern and John (Halley, vet) just wasn't happy for her to resume training yet," O'Brien continued.
"At this stage, we felt it would be a bit of a struggle to get her back for the remainder of the season so the lads decided that the best option was to retire her as she was too important.
"It was just going to take too much time with her, and while she will be absolutely fine, we felt that we were just running out of time for this season."
Minding will now be take up broodmare duties and O'Brien is looking forward to the next chapter in her career.
He told www.coolmore.com: "We were very excited about what this year might hold for her as she had done incredibly well from three to four. She retained all of her pace and enthusiasm for racing. Unfortunately, it didn't work out but she will be something to look forward to at stud.
"An awful lot of people played a vital part in her career and without them it would not have been possible and of course Ryan (Moore) rode her brilliantly in all of her races at three.
"Seamus (Heffernan) played a huge part in Minding's career as he rode her in all of her work and he was on board when she won her maiden at Leopardstown as well as when she won the Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh.
"It was just a massive team effort and I would like to thank everybody who played a role in her success."
In total Minding won nine of her 13 starts and #2,344,930 in prize-money.