Horse Racing News Monday 3rd July 2017

Sad news coming out from Ballydoyle at the weekend. Firstly Aidan O'Brien has raised doubts about the brilliant filly Minding returning to the track. The daughter of Galileo is a seven-time Group One winner, but has not been seen in competitive action since making an impressive start to the campaign in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas in early May after suffering a setback. O'Brien had hoped to welcome her back into training this week, but revealed she is not yet ready to return to exercise.

He said: "We had Minding pencilled in to start back driving on Monday but when John (Halley) X-rayed her, he wasn't happy to do that. He wanted to leave her another month. We'll leave her another month, but if we go another month we could run out of time, I'm not sure. When John said to wait, we just have to wait. We'll wait and see. John always checks them before they start back and everything was in place to start off, but when he checked her he wasn't happy."

The stable has of course also lost Derby winner Wings Of Eagles. A statement issued by Coolmore to Press Association Sport read: "Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles was found to be lame this morning after running in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh yesterday. He was examined today in his box in Ballydoyle by the attending veterinary surgeon who diagnosed a fracture of his left front sesamoid. Sadly this is a career-ending injury."