Dubai Fillies' Mile
Fillies Group 1, Newmarket 15:10
£500,000 added,
2yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Friday 9th October 2015

1 Minding 5/4F
2 Nathra 4/1
3 Hawksmoor 16/1
10 ran Distances: 4½l, 2¼l, hd
TIME 1m 37.87s (slow by 2.87s)

The further she went, the better she looked. Ballydoyle's Minding wins the Group 1 Fillies' Mile under Ryan Moore. Very, very impressive

Minding
© Caroline Norris

Minding

The daughter of Galileo caused something of an upset when getting the better of stable companion Ballydoyle in last month's Moyglare Stud Stakes, form well advertised in Paris last weekend as Ballydoyle went one better in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp.

With Ryan Moore on her back, Minding was the 5-4 favourite for her Rowley Mile assignment and was always travelling well towards the stands side.

Once asked to extend, the response was hugely impressive as the daughter of Galileo found an extra gear to power through the line four and a half lengths clear.

The previously unbeaten Nathra filled the runner-up spot, with Hawksmoor just denying O'Brien's second string Coolmore for third place.

Moore said: "She's a truly exceptional filly, she travelled so easily the whole way. As soon as I pulled her out, she was gone.

"She has an unbelievable mind and went down to the start so well, she has plenty of pace, she can stay at a mile but I'm sure with her temperament it will allow her to stay further.

"I couldn't have been more impressed by her."

O'Brien said: "She's a lovely filly. She travels and quickens and has always shown she's a very high-class filly."

Reflecting on her defeat of Ballydoyle, the trainer said: "We knew it was very possible (she could beat Ballydoyle). She had a break before she went to the Debutante, that was her first run back and we knew she'd handle an ease in the ground better than Ballydoyle.

"One filly (Ballydoyle) handles good ground very well and the other filly (Minding) handles an ease very well. They're both very high-class fillies.

"I was listening to Joseph (O'Brien) and Ryan talking before the race and Joseph described this filly to Ryan as an Irish Guineas/Pretty Polly filly."

The trainer confirmed both Minding and Ballydoyle would now be put away for the winter.

John Gosden was pleased his decision to supplement Nathra was vindicated.

He said: "I'm happy with that and there's no excuses.

"Obviously the winner is truly exceptional and it's hard to see her not being champion two-year-old filly of Europe.

"It was no disgrace for us, she ran a fabulous race coming from last but she had no answer to the winner's acceleration.

"We're really happy with her and happy we supplemented her."

Hawksmoor's trainer, Hugo Palmer, said: "We were very disappointed with her run in the Rockfel and we came here today to prove her Rockfel run all wrong.

"I'm happy we've done that as we had the Rockfel winner (Promising Run) well beaten behind us.

"I don't think anything could have beaten the winner.

"Our filly loved the ground and next year we'd lean towards the French Guineas."

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Dubai Fillies' Mile (Fillies' Group 1)
£500,000 added, 2yo only, 1m, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (10) Minding (IRE) 5/4f R L Moore
9-0
A P O'Brien 2
2nd (9) Nathra (IRE) 4/1 L Dettori
9-0
J H M Gosden 2
3rd (2) Hawksmoor (IRE) 16/1 P J Smullen
9-0
H Palmer 2
4th (3) hd Coolmore (IRE) 6/1 J P O'Brien
9-0
A P O'Brien 2
5th (8) Beautiful Morning 14/1 J P Spencer
9-0
L M Cumani 2
6th (5) 6 Dawn Of Hope (IRE) 28/1 Jim Crowley
9-0
R Varian 2
7th (7) Promising Run (USA) 6/1 W Buick
9-0
S bin Suroor 2
8th (6) nk Marenko 33/1 S M Levey
9-0
R Hannon 2
9th (4) Opal Tiara (IRE) 100/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-0
M R Channon 2
10th (1) 4 Dessertoflife (IRE) 100/1 J Fanning
9-0
M Johnston 2

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