Hermosa wins the 1000 Guineas to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a weekend double at Newmarket
- Aidan O’Brien landed a fifth Qipco 1,000 Guineas with 14-1 shot Hermosa
- He also won the 2,000 Guineas for the 10th time with Magna Grecia on Saturday
- It marks the fourth time that O’Brien has completed the Guineas double
It could be a long summer for some Britain’s top Flat trainers if this weekend is anything to go by as the Aidan O’Brien juggernaut rolled into Newmarket and left with the first two Classics on board.
Ahead of this week’s Chester meeting where O’Brien will unleash some of his main Investec Derby contenders, the Irish trainer landed a fifth Qipco 1,000 Guineas with 14-1 shot Hermosa, 24 hours after landing the 2,000 Guineas for the 10th time with Magna Grecia.
It was the fourth time O’Brien has done the Guineas double as he took his tally of British Classic wins to 34.
Aidan O’Brien celebrates after winning the Qipco 1000 Guineas with Hermosa on Sunday
There are more potentially looming on the horizon. Wayne Lordan-ridden Hermosa is 6-1 second favourite for the Oaks behind her stablemate Pink Dogwood (7-2) and no-one will underestimate Hermosa’s chance again.
Stamina won the day as she made all the running and repelled runner-up Lady Kaya by a length after looking like she might be overwhelmed for a few strides as 7-2 favourite Qabala claimed third, a neck further back.
With Hermosa being by super sire Galileo and a half-sister to Hydrangea, a group one mile and a half winner, she has all the credentials to take some stopping in the Oaks at Epsom on May 31.
Going into the 1,000 Guineas, jockey bookings suggested more was expected from Hermosa’s stablemates with fifth-placed Fairyland and sixth-placed Just Wonderful starting at shorter odds.
O’Brien’s son Donnacha, who rides Hermosa in all her work, had also chosen to ride his trainer brother Joseph’s eighth-placed Iridessa, who had beaten Hermosa in the Group One Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last year.
But O’Brien was not surprise at the outcome. He added: ‘She has always been a very good filly. Donnacha was riding Joseph’s filly but he thought she was going to be his danger. She has improved a lot over the winter.
Hermosa, ridden by jockey Wayne Lordan, wins the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket
‘It’s an awful advantage for us to have (offspring) of Galileo. He is an incredible stallion and his influence will go on for generations to come. It’s their will to win that makes them so different.
Having seen the field split into two groups in the 2,000 Guineas when Magna Grecia, now bound for the Irish 2,000 Guineas, raced in a three-horse group on the stand’s rail, the field for the 1,000 all stuck to the centre of the Rowley Mile.
The 2,000 split led some to question the Magna Grecia form. He did get a great lead from eventual sixth Shine So Bright but looked the winner on merit.
That was not the case across the Atlantic in the Kentucky Derby. Owner Gary West is considering an appeal and possible legal challenge after his colt Maximum Security became the first winner to be disqualified for interference in the race’s 145-year history.
The 65-1 Bill Mott-trained outsider Country House got the race in the stewards’ room after a 20 minute enquiry.