Further Classic options are being considered for 1000 Guineas winner Hermosa after her Newmarket heroics.
The Galileo filly could stay at a mile for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 26 or step up in distance to 12 furlongs for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on May 31.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien already has the general 4-1 Oaks favourite in Pink Dogwood and expects owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith will have a final call on the yard’s Epsom team. Hermosa is a best-priced 15-2 with Betfair for the Epsom showpiece.
“It is in the mix, the Irish 1,000 Guineas, and she can’t do both races,” said O’Brien.
“Pink Dogwood is there and it is going to depend on how she is. We had other fillies that ran well in the Guineas, like the filly Ryan rode (Just Wonderful), so do we let Hermosa go up to a mile and a half and let her run in the Oaks with Pink Dogwood, or do we let her go back to the Curragh? The boys will make that decision.
“You would imagine Hermosa will stay, but we will see what happens. Pink Dogwood will go straight to the Oaks now.”
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One filly definitely on course to run in the Irish 1000 Guineas is the Michael Bell-trained Pretty Pollyanna.
She had been a leading fancy for the Qipco 1000 Guineas this month, before she was taken out of the Newmarket showpiece after failing to sparkle in a crucial workout.
However, she is now pleasing connections and it is all systems go for her to have a crack at the fillies’ Classic over a mile in Ireland.
“I think things are really on track now. We’re very much hoping she’ll be all singing and all dancing for the Irish Guineas,” said Bell. “We’re very positive.”
Pretty Pollyanna was one of the best of her generation last year, winning the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket by seven lengths and the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville.
She was third in the Fillies’ Mile back at Newmarket in October on her final start of 2018.