Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Minding Could Be Shortest-Priced Winner This Century

The 1000 Guineas has been a popular race for bookmakers since the turn of the millennium, with only three favourites obliging and nine horses at double-figure odds winning.


Minding could become the shortest-priced winning favourite of the 1000 Guineas this century (it’s currently Finsceal Beo who won in 2007 as 5-4 favourite). The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly is a popular favourite with William Hill and she is trading at 5-4, with Lumiere and Ballydoyle her nearest rivals in the market.


“Minding has been really popular since the autumn and she could be one of the shortest-priced favourites in 1000 Guineas history,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Minding first became favourite after winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes in September, when William Hill quoted her at 8-1 after the race. Ballydoyle overtook Minding as favourite after she won the Prix Marcel Boussac, but Minding jumped back to the top of the market after a highly impressive victory in the Dubai Fillies’ Mile. Following that race, Minding was 4-1 favourite and since then it has been one-way traffic in the betting.


3.40 Newmarket 1000 Guineas: 5-4 Minding, 4-1 Lumiere, 6-1 Ballydoyle, 10-1 Nathra, 14-1Illuminate, 16-1 Alice Springs, 20-1 Jet Setting, Midweek, Robanne, Turret Rocks, 33-1 Mix And Mingle, 40-1 Blue Bayou, Fireglow, 50-1 Aljazzi, 100-1 Epsom Icon, Sharja Queen, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Investec Oaks: 11-4 Minding, 6-1 So Mi Dar, 10-1 Ballydoyle, 16-1 Even Song, Turret Rocks, 20-1Coolmore, Fadillah, Pretty Perfect, 25-1 Alice Springs, Harlequeen, 33-1 Beautiful Morning, Best In The World, Glamorous Approach, How High The Moon, 40-1 King Of Magic, 50-1 Girling, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


To Win QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks: 6-1 Minding, 16-1 Ballydoyle