Trainer Aidan O’Brien has confirmed Hermosa will be gunning for the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday before having a crack at the French Oaks next month.

Hermosa produced a brilliant performance to land the Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month, beating Ms Sheila Lavery’s Lady Kaya by a length.

That performance had connections deliberating where to send the three-year-old next and there were suggestions the team could head to Epsom for the Investec Oaks.

Mehdaayih is the 5/2 pre-race favourite for the Oaks while Pink Dogwood, who won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan last time out, is next in the betting at 7/2.

However, O’Brien has revealed Hermosa will instead be heading to the Curragh this weekend to take part in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, which will then set up a challenge for the French Oaks at Chantilly on June 16.

“We were thinking originally of going for the Oaks with Hermosa – but it’s less than a week between the Irish Guineas and the Oaks,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“We decided we’d go to the Irish Guineas, and from there on to the French Oaks.

“The French Oaks is worth nearly twice what the English Oaks is worth, and we thought it would be a nice stepping stone to go from a mile up to a mile and a quarter.”

O’Brien also revealed Magical will be present at the Curragh as she bids for the Tattersalls Gold Cup, while Magna Grecia will attempt to follow up his Newmarket success in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

“Magna Grecia, Hermosa and Magical are all well and on target for the Curragh next weekend,” he added. “Everything has gone to plan so far.”

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