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Minding is master for Moore and O'Brien

By Graham Clark

There was a sense of joy and relief on the face of trainer Aidan O'Brien as 1000 Guineas heroine Minding regained her air of invincibility in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

After suffering a surprise defeat in the Irish 1,000 Guineas just 12 days ago following her demolition job in the Newmarket Classic, there was an element of doubt about whether the daughter of Galileo would stay the extra half a mile.

The 10-11 favourite - one of three runners in the race for O'Brien, who followed up with a five-timer at Leopardstown last night - was settled close to the rear of the field by Ryan Moore in her quest to give her master handler a sixth win in the race.

Those patient tactics looked like backfiring on the turn for home as a combination of the pace steadying up front and several runners waving the white flag saw Minding stopped in her tracks, losing momentum at a vital stage.

As Moore had to sit and suffer, at the other end of the field Frankie Dettori stormed on aboard Architecture.

Crucially, though, the gaps came for Moore, and in an effort which demonstrated the unique talent she possesses, Minding closed down the 12-1 shot entering the final quarter of a mile.

A battle royal looked set to to commence, but as the furlong pole loomed there was only going be one winner.

As the brave run of Architecture came to an end, Minding forged on in determined fashion to pass the post with a length and three-quarters to spare to complete a Classic double last achieved by Kazzia in 2002.

After the race, the winner was cut from 12-1 into 5-1 for the Arc with Paddy Power, while Ladbrokes went 8-1 for the same race. O'Brien said: "She's an incredible filly, what can I say?

"To win the Guineas the way she did, then run at the Curragh on short notice. That didn't work, but she came out of it and she was incredible."

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