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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.”
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