Aidan O’Brien ready to push stable duo


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Trainer Aidan O’Brien has confirmed he is targeting Guineas doubles for both Magna Grecia and Hermosa following their wins at Newmarket over the weekend.

Three-year-old Magna Grecia was an impressive winner of the Qipico 2000 Guineas on Saturday after another solid display at HQ.

The bay colt was partnered by jockey Donnacha O’Brien and the duo combined to give Aidan his 10th victory in the colts’ Classic.

Hermosa took the headlines on Sunday as the bay filly won the 1000 Guineas, with Lady Kaya and Qabala unable to get the better of O’Brien’s charge.

When asked about his plans, the 49-year-old told reporters: “I was delighted with Magna Grecia and the plan is to come back here (for the Irish 2,000 Guineas).

“I initially thought about the Oaks for Hermosa, but it’s possible that she could come back here too for the Irish 1,000 Guineas.”

Fellow stable star Ten Sovereigns finished fifth behind Magna Grecia and is now heading for Royal Ascot. The Commonwealth Cup is now on the cards after a decent performance over the Rowley Mile.

He added: “Ten Sovereigns was on the side with no pace and Ryan (Moore) had to be more forward than he would have liked as he knew the other side was ahead of him.

“He still ran a very good race and the plan is to go back in trip with him, probably for the Commonwealth Cup.”

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