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Aidan O’Brien rarely wraps his horses in cotton wool and Hermosa, the Spanish word for beautiful, was a case in point as a two-year-old, running in three countries and having seven races.

Those experiences served her well when she made her reappearance in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in April, when she gamely made just about every yard of the running.

Fellow Irish raider Lady Kaya finished a length second, with the Landwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes winner, Qabala, in third.

Hermosa ran on gamely to win 24 hours after Magna Grecia had scooped the QIPCO 2000 Guineas for the trainer.

Hermosa’s victory was a second in three years for Wayne Lordan, who struck aboard another O’Brien-trained filly, Winter, in 2017. The win was also O’Brien’s fifth in the first fillies’ Classic of the campaign.

”I’m delighted,” said O’Brien. “She did very well over the winter and ran an unbelievable race in the Fillies’ Mile here last year and she is very uncomplicated. She is tough, like her sister [the Group 1 winner Hydrangea]. She stays well. Wayne gave her a great ride. It is just a privilege and it’s a credit to everyone at home.”

He added: “Physically, she has changed a lot over the winter and really grew into a three-year-old. She is a very tough filly.”

Lordan said: “I rode her aggressively because she stays really well but she saves a little bit for herself.

“I would not think she would have any problem staying the Oaks trip. I actually fancied her. I thought she had good form.

“She is a filly who will stay and she saves enough. I knew, riding her here, if you jump out and go real forward and they start lining up behind you, it would take a really good one to get by her.”

Hermosa followed up in the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh, making all under Ryan Moore and powering clear to win by four lengths from Pretty Pollyanna.

She was then sent of Evens favourite for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot but had to settle for second behind French raider Watch Me, being beaten a length and a half.
O’Brien said: “There are no excuses. We will get her back home and see how she is before we decide on any plans for her, including if we try further in distance. Her half-sister got a mile and a half. We are never confident, though always hopeful about these things.”
Ryan Moore, jockey of the Galileo filly, said: “She ran well – she has had a hard couple of races.”
Hermosa was then stepped up in distance for the Qatar Nassau Stakes but was not at her best, dropping away tamely. She was quickly back to form when beating all bar Iridessa in the Group 1 Coolmore “Fastnet Rock” Matron Stakes at Leopardstown before disappointing in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

BCS Career statistics

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