Hermosa denies Lavery's 'Lady' to seal O'Brien Guineas double
Aidan O'Brien completed the English Guineas double for the fourth time when Hermosa, a 14/1 shot, won yesterday's Qipco 1,000 Guineas 24 hours after Magna Grecia had landed the colt's Classic for his all-conquering Tipperary yard.
Hermosa, a sister of Hydrangea which stayed a mile and a half, made all the running under Wayne Lordan and kept galloping. "I knew if I was to jump and go real forward it would be hard to get past her," said the jockey, who won the race on O'Brien's Winter two years ago.
"She was a very good filly last year and just beaten in the Fillies' Mile," said O'Brien. "Donnacha [the trainer's son] has been riding her in all her work and said he thought she was his biggest danger to Iridessa and that he would follow her through.
"It's an advantage to have a Galileo [filly]. His influence will be massive for generations. They have an incredible will to win - you cannot see it looking at them but when the going gets tough, they get going."
It was nearly a case, however, of David beating Goliath. For most of the race nothing travelled better than the one-length runner-up Lady Kaya, one of just 36 horses in Sheila Lavery's yard in Co Meath. She was ridden by Robbie Colgan, who 12 months ago was riding over jumps.
She just failed to get home but managed to keep the favourite Qabala at bay to claim second. "She ran a blinder and just ran out of petrol in the last 50 yards," said Colgan. "I thought I was cantering over everything a furlong out but we were beat fair and square. If it had been a short-head I would have been sicker."
Lavery said: "I think the hill just caught her out. I was shouting but I wasn't shouting because it was the same in the Moyglare. I'm not discounting running her again at a mile but what do I know about racing at this level? I'll ask Pat Smullen for his advice."
There was a controversial outcome to the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday when Maximum Security, the first past the post by one-and-three-quarter lengths, was disqualified after drifting off the inside line coming out of the last bend and causing -interference.
The 65/1 shot, Country House, was awarded the race to give Bill Mott, who trained the legendary Cigar, a first Derby although he described victory as "bittersweet".
A phlegmatic Gary West, Maximum Security's owner-breeder, said: "That's horse racing. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Sometimes you win and lose in the same race."
He was the first winner to be disqualified other than one that failed a drugs test and President Trump saw fit to tweet about the best horse not winning. According to their rules, it was widely regarded as the correct decision by most US professionals. (© Daily Telegraph, London)