Minding well fancied to land 1000 Guineas


The well-fancied Minding is the pick of the Aidan O'Brien string for Sunday's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Prolific Irish trainer O'Brien has three entries in the first Classic of the season for fillies run over a mile at headquarters this weekend. 

Minding heads the market, with the daughter of super sire Galileo having won over course and distance in the Fillies' Mile last October on the back of landing the Grade One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

O'Brien expects the favourite to show what she is capable of again under Ryan Moore in the prestigious race for three-year-olds.

"You would imagine she'll get a mile and a half - she's a Galileo filly - but she got a mile very easily last year," said the Ballydoyle trainer.

"The best part of her in the Fillies' Mile was in the final half a furlong.

"You'd imagine she'd get a mile and a half, but we'll obviously start off at a mile."

O'Brien, eyeing a third 1000 Guineas success, also saddles Prix Marcel Boussac winner Ballydoyle and Alice Springs - third in the trial at Leopardstown this month.

Mark Johnston has talked up Lumiere's chances of winning on the Rowley Mile after her Cheveley Park Stakes triumph last year steered by William Buick.

"While some sceptics question her getting one mile, I am not one of them. There is no doubt in my mind that she will stay the trip," said the Yorkshire-based trainer.

"She has so much early speed, I can see why some may doubt her, but I can report she has been very settled in her work at home.

"Lumiere is one of my favourites. He is right up there in my top three two-year-olds of all time; now we shall see if she can graduate to the same bracket as a three-year-old. She is already a Group One winner, and a very exciting filly."

The John Gosden-trained Nathra is another British contender having won three out of four starts, with Frankie Dettori targeting his fourth victory in the race.