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O'Brien's masterful Minding is tipped to eclipse Sandown rivals

 

By Graham Clark

Multiple Group One winner Minding has been installed as the 4-1 favourite by race sponsors Coral for this year's Eclipse.

The four-year-old, winner of both last year's 1000 Guineas and Oaks, is one of 19 entries for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the 10-furlong contest at Sandown on July 8.

Other stand-out names among the Ballydoyle handler's list of possible runners include 2000 Guineas hero Churchill, 1000 Guineas winner Winter and last year's Breeders' Cup Turf victor Highland Reel.

While O'Brien-trained runners dominate the list of 66 entries, there are a number of notable names from other yards that have been put forward.

Dubai Sheema Classic winner Jack Hobbs is one of seven for John Gosden, while Sir Michael Stoute, who has won the race five times, is responsible for three entries, including Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Queen's Trust.

Last year's winner Hawkbill spearheads a list of seven potential runners for trainer Charlie Appleby.

Meanwhile, Dabyah is unlikely to be seen until Royal Ascot next month after she was forced to miss the French 1000 Guineas on Saturday.

The Gosden-trained filly has won three of her four career starts, with her only defeat coming to Wuheida in the Prix Marcel Boussac last October.

She reappeared with a comfortable win in the Fred Darling and would have been a major player but for meeting with a setback.

"They scoped her, weren't happy and then found out she had spiked a temperature," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah.

"It was nothing serious but she couldn't run in a Guineas," he added.

"She's not in the Irish Guineas and the last time I spoke to John he just said he'd get her ready for Ascot (Coronation Stakes)."

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