Dual G1-winning juvenile Minding (2f Galileo-Lillie Langtry, by Danehill Dancer) captured the Two-Year-Old Filly prize at the 2015 Cartier Awards in London on Tuesday night.
A runaway winner of the G1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, the daughter of Galileo also won the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September. She heads into the winter as a warm favourite for both the 2016 1,000 Guineas and Oaks.
The Award was collected by Paul Smith (pictured with Cartier chairman Arnaud Bamberger). Minding runs in the colours of Smith’s father Derrick.
“This division was very tough with some fabulous fillies in the mix. Minding, by Galileo out of Lillie Langtry, was home-bred which makes this award extra special. I would like to thank Paul Shanahan, MV Magnier and all the team at Coolmore. I’d like to thank Aidan and Joseph O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan, Colm O’Donoghue and all at Ballydoyle for getting this exceptional filly to the track,” said Smith.
Smith also paid tribute to jockey Pat Eddery who had died earlier that day.
“My introduction to racing was back in 1975 when I was nine years old. My father and Mike Dillon took me to Ascot to see the King George, where Pat Eddery rode an incredible race on Grundy to beat Bustino. He was a hero that day and, to me, he has been a hero ever since. He is a great loss.”