Minding heads 16-strong field for 1000 Guineas

Daughter of Galileo one of three entries for Aidan O’Brien in Newmarket classic

Hot favourite Minding heads a field of 16 declared for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

Aidan O’Brien’s daughter of Galileo enjoyed a brilliant end to her juvenile campaign, winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Dubai Fillies’ Mile in tremendous style.

O'Brien also runs Ballydoyle, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac, and Alice Springs, who was third behind her two stablemates in the Moyglare.

John Gosden's Nell Gwyn winner Nathra, second to Minding in the Fillies' Mile, and Mark Johnston's Cheveley Park heroine Lumiere lead the home defence.


Richard Hannon’s Illuminate, Brian Meehan’s Blue Bayou, Jim Bolger’s Turret Rocks and the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Midweek are among the other major contenders.

Jet Setting, winner of the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial, takes her chance after being supplemented at the confirmation stage by Curragh trainer Adrian Keatley.

Completing the line-up are Aljazzi, Epsom Icon, Fireglow, Mix and Mingle, Robanne and Sharja Queen.

The only withdrawal at the 48-hour final declaration stage was the Kevin Ryan-trained Ashadihan.