Minding (left) forges clear for her sixth Group 1 victoryPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Minding made to work for Nassau Stakes win
Report: Goodwood, Saturday
Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1), fillies and mares, 3yo+
CLASS eventually told as Minding did what was demanded of her in winning the Nassau Stakes at odds of 1-5, although it was not a smooth passage for Ballydoyle's superstar filly as Queen's Trust put up a brave challenge to finish second at 16-1.
Tucked away on the rail in the early stages, Ryan Moore attempted to move his mount into daylight but had to take evasive action as the door was shut by James Doyle on Beautiful Romance.
For a horse of lesser ability this could have spelled trouble but when Moore asked for an effort entering the final furlong his filly responded.
Queen's Trust produced a courageous effort on the inside to ensure that Minding had to work for her sixth Group 1, but the victory was never in doubt as the favourite was always doing just enough and secured a length and a quarter win.
The prospect of a small field and a tactical affair was a worry for Moore. "It was always going to be a messy sort of race," he said. "I just tried to keep it as simple as I could. She was only doing what she had to do.
"She's run in seven Group 1s in a row and has won six - she is a very special filly."
Cut for the Arc
Trainer Aidan O'Brien suggested all options are open for Minding and several bookmakers cut her for the Arc. However Coral remained unmoved at 8-1.
"I'm delighted with this filly," O'Brien said. "She's thriving from race-to-race at the moment and is physically very strong. She loves racing and has a super mind. It all comes alike to her - she's very versatile. She's a real professional and conserves herself, doing only what she has to.
"There are a lot of options open to her and she is ready to go down most roads."