Talented two-year-old Hermosa stamped herself as among the leaders of her generation in Ireland when romping home to a decisive two and a half length win in the G3 Weld Park Stakes, run over seven furlongs at Naas on Sunday.
Dispatched the 5-4 favourite, Hermosa confirmed her good third last time out in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes by striding home to win her first group race by two and a half lengths.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, the Aidan O’Brien trained filly was one of three Irish group winners on Sunday for her outstanding sire Galileo.
Her trainer commented after the win, “She’s a lovely filly and she’s coming with every run, She’s a lovely, laid-back filly and is learning with every run. I think she’ll go for the Fillies’ Mile. She crying out to go up to a mile.”
Hermosa, who has been quoted a 20-1 chance for next year’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, has now won two of five outings and looks an exciting future prospect.
Remarkably, Hermosa is a fourth group winner produced by Pivotal’s G3 Prix d’Arenberg winning daughter Beauty Is Truth. Not only is the latter dam of G1 winner and millionaire The United States, she is also responsible for G1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes/G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes winner Hydrangea and G3 Anglesey/G3 Ballyogan Stakes heroine Fire Lily.
Her broodmare sire Pivotal has enjoyed a remarkable year as a maternal grandsire of high-class horses, with Pivotal daughters, in 2018 alone, have produced the winners of the G1 Prix Ganay, G1 Investec Coronation Cup, G1 Cheveley Park Stakes, G1 Lockinge Stakes, G1 French 2000 Guineas, Sword Dancer Stakes and G1 Phoenix Stakes.
A truly impeccably individual, with a race record to match,The United States, whose first foals are now arriving to rave reviews, is set to cover another top class book of mares in 2018.