Minding Oaks decision set for next week

Ryan Moore riding Minding (C, purple) win

Minding: Oaks decision expected early next week

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A DECISION on Minding’s participation in the Investec Oaks a week on Friday is likely to be delayed until early next week, trainer Aidan O’Brien has revealed.

The 1,000 Guineas winner lost out by a head to Jet Setting in a rousing finish to the Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday, though she retained her position as market leader for the Epsom Classic. She was on Monday night a best-priced 11-8 with Betfair Sportsbook.

At the Curragh Minding hit her head leaving the stalls and was found after the race to have a mark on the right side of her face and a cut between her nostrils.

O’Brien told the Racing Post on Monday: “Minding had a swelling on her face this morning but was otherwise fine. John Halley, our vet, had a look at her and he was quite happy with her.

“She’ll be having an easy week and we’ll make a decision about the Oaks when we see how she is towards end of the week or early next week.”

He added: “The Oaks has always been the plan for her but we’ll just have to wait and see now.”

Second favourite for the Oaks, at 4-1, is stablemate Ballydoyle, who finished an encouraging runner-up to Minding at Newmarket.

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