Magnificent Minding all primed as O'Brien looks to strike again
Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes (Group 2) | 1m2f | 4yo+ | ATR
Seven-time Group 1 winner Minding, who boasts one of the most glittering CVs in training, will be the star attraction at Naas today as she makes her seasonal return in this event which has been promoted to Group 2 level for the first time.
The four-year-old daughter of Galileo proved last season she is not only one of the most prolific but also one of the most versatile fillies in recent times, scoring at the top level five times over a range of distances including the 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the QEII Stakes.
The race, which is usually run at the Curragh, has fallen to trainer Aidan O'Brien six times in the last seven seasons with the likes of Fame And Glory, So You Think, Camelot and Found.
O'Brien, who along with Minding, is represented by another Group 1 winner Johannes Vermeer, said: "We're looking forward to starting off again with Minding who did so well last season. We've been happy with her since last year. She's in good form and is ready to start.
"Johannes Vermeer was held up last season and had just the one run when finishing third in a Group 3 at Newmarket in October. He's ready to start."
Brendan Brackan, who represents Ger Lyons, is returning to the scene of his Irish Lincolnshire win in March while Jim Bolger runs the Godolphin-owned Moonlight Magic, winner of the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown last season.
Jimmy Hyland of Godolphin said: "Moonlight Magic is training very well but is likely to need the race The ground should suit him and although it is a strong race, we expect a big run and hopefully he can improve for it. His target is the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 28, Irish Guineas weekend."
Completing the line-up is dual handicap winner, Jaqen H'Ghar, trained by Joseph O'Brien, who will be racing in Pattern company for the first time.