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THREE-year-old filly Minding’s sensational win in Friday’s Gr1 Investec Oaks over 2400m at Epsom Downs delighted her connections, on-course enthusiasts and fans around the world.

The Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) team of Adrian Todd (MD) and Amanda Carey (Sales Manager), guests of Investec at Epsom, were among the first to pop champagne corks. CTS will be offering a relation to Minding (IRE) catalogued for next Friday’s Mare and Fillies For Stud Select Sale at Highlands Farm. They’ve been holding thumbs all week that the Aidan O’Brien-trained chestnut would confirm the hype around her with a victory.

Minding is from a family more noted for speed than for their ability to stay beyond 10 furlongs and this was perhaps the biggest concern for her supporters coming into the race. The distance proved to be no problem whatsoever. Minding won in spectacular style under jockey Ryan Moore after suffering interference on the home bend, dropping out to last and storming through despite that to win going away.

Todd commented: “CTS is ecstatic with this win. What a filly, what a race this was. May I point everyone to Minding’s sibling Elisium, Lot 5 at next week’s sale.  Blood like this coming into the South African breeding community can only bode well for our industry.”

Elisium (GB) is a grey mare by Proclamation (IRE from Hiwaayati, the granddam of Lily Langtry who is the dam of Minding. Elisium will be sold in foal to Wilgerbosdrift’s promising stallion Flower Alley (Distorted Humor), who sired a Gr3 winner in the US a fortnight ago. With classic speed and stamina in Minding’s damline now proven beyond any doubt, Elisium will be worth her price in gold.

Minding herself is by the phenomenal Galileo, the sire of 56 Gr1 winners around the world and considered by many to be the world’s best stallion. If Elisium is to be the cream at the CTS Sale, there are four Galileo cherries on top in the form of broodmares Exotic (Lot 7, in foal to Captain Al), Memorable (Lot 24, in foal to Querari), Cantabella (Lot 67, in foal to Captain Al) and Classical (Lot 70, in foal to Silvano).

The sale starts at 18.30 on Friday, 10 June.

Photo: Adrian Todd and Amanda Carey shared the excitement at Investec Oaks.