05/20/2016 1:40PM

Minding, Found run Sunday in Group 1 stakes


Minding, the winner of the English 1000 Guineas earlier this month, and Found, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland last October, will be favored to win Group 1 races at The Curragh in Ireland on Sunday.

Minding will be odds-on to win the $336,300 Irish 1000 Guineas for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. Minding has won her last three starts, all in Group 1 races, including the Moyglare Stud Stakes in Ireland last September and the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in England last October.

In the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1, Minding closed from just off the pace to win by 3 1/2 lengths in a field of 16. By Galileo, Minding is owned by Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, and Sue Magnier.

Aidan O’Brien trains Minding and has three other runners among the 14 entrants in the Irish 1000 Guineas – Californiadreaming, Coolmore, and Pretty Perfect, all longshots.

Now or Never, the winner of the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in Ireland on May 8, is the biggest threat to Minding. She is trained by Michael O’Callaghan and will be ridden by Kieren Fallon, the former champion jockey in Britain who rode in California over the winter before relocating to Ireland.

Found is one of three 4-year-old fillies in a field of eight in Sunday’s $280,275 Tattersalls Gold Cup at 1 5/16 miles on turf.

Found has started twice this year, finishing third in the minor Alleged Stakes at The Curragh on April 3 before winning the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes there on May 2. Found won the Mooresbridge over Success Days and Fascinating Rock, who are part of the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Fascinating Rock won the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot last October, beating Found in what was her last start in Europe before the win in the BC Turf.

The Tattersalls Gold Cup is the first start of the year for Time Test, a two-time group stakes winner last year who was 10th behind Tepin in the BC Mile at Keeneland last October.

Sinhalite in Japanese Oaks

Sinhalite and At the Seaside, second and third in the Grade 1 Japanese 1000 Guineas last month, are part of a field of 18 in Sunday’s $1.955 million Japanese Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Tokyo Racecourse.

Sinhalite, by Deep Impact, was beaten a nose by Jeweler in the 1000 Guineas at a mile on turf at Hanshin Racecourse on April 10. The Grade 1 Japanese Oaks, known as the Yushun Himba, is run at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Jeweler is not part of the field for the Japanese Oaks.

Sinhalite, trained by Sei Ishizaka, is out of Singhalese, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in 2005. Sinhalite has won 3 of 4 starts. One of her main rivals Sunday is Cecchino, who has won her last three starts. Cecchino won the Group 2 Flora Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Tokyo on April 24.

El Bromista in Chilean Group 1

El Bromista, a 6-year-old Chilean-bred horse by Scat Daddy, is part of a field of 16 in Sunday’s Group 1 Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella at Club Hipico in Santiago, Chile. The winner receives an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.

Sunday’s race is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf. El Bromista has won 13 of 22 starts, including the 2015 Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella. Earlier this year, El Bromista won two stakes, including a Group 2 at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

Other contenders include Rio Allipen, who won the Group 1 El Derby in Chile in February, and Flyer, who won the Group 1 Polla de Potrillos at Club Hipico last August.

The Breeders’ Cup will pay the pre-entry and entry fees for Sunday’s winner, provided the horse is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by Oct. 24, the day pre-entries are taken.