Brilliant 3yo filly Hermosa, a full-sister to Moutonshoek’s exciting young stallion The United States, picked up her second classic victory when romping home to a fourth length win in the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.
The 5-2 favourite, who had romped to a front running in the G1 Qipco 1000 Guineas last time out, was too classy for her rivals, with Hermosa putting four lengths between herself and runner, G1 Prix Morny winner Pretty Pollyanna.
Hermosa, ridden to victory by Ryan Moore, is just the fourth filly to complete the Irish/English 1000 Guineas double following Attraction, Finesceal Beo and Winter (like Hermosa a daughter of the mighty sire Galileo).
Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the filly will be aimed at the classic G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) next.
O’Brien, who was enjoying his eighth winner in the fillies’ Classic and his 41st Irish Classic victory, said: “There was a change of plan after the Newmarket Guineas. We were going to aim for the Oaks but the lads decided to run her here today instead.We’re delighted with her. We knew she had improved since Newmarket and we think there will be more improvement to come. The Prix de Diane will be next for her.”
Winner of the G3 Weld Park Stakes at two, Hermosa has now won four of nine starts, and has now banked over £720 000 in prize money.
Hermosa follows her full-siblings The United States (Ranvet Stakes) and Hydrangea (British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, Matron Stakes) as G1 winners produced by the Pivotal mare Beauty Is Truth. The latter, a ¾ sister to multiple G1 winner Immortal Verse and from the same family as champion sire Last Tycoon, was a smart performer in her own right, with her wins including a score in the G3 Prix d’Arenberg.
Galileo’s son The United States, who earned over $2 million during his career, will be represented by his first yearlings in 2020.