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Aidan O'Brien confirms Irish Guineas Festival plans
on 19 May 2019
Magna Grecia, Hermosa and Magical all on track for Group 1 assignments at the Curragh next weekend

Aidan O’Brien has confirmed that classic winner Magna Grecia will attempt to complete the 2000 Guineas double at the Curragh next Saturday.

Speaking at Naas on Sunday, O'Brien also revealed that Hermosa will run in next Sunday's Irish 1000 Guineas, en route to the French Oaks, while the four-year-old filly Magical is set to be the trainer's main contender in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

“Magna Grecia, Hermosa and Magical are all well and on target for the Curragh next weekend,” said O’Brien. “Everything has gone to plan so far. We mapped out the three runs for Magical, with the Tattersalls Gold Cup as her first main target this season.

“It’s possible we will have a few more runners in both Guineas. The ones that will be left in are possibles.”

O’Brien had a change of heart with Newmarket Classic winner Hermosa. “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 said. “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.

“Happen could also run, along with Just Wonderful, while Fleeting might go for the Oaks. Fairyland will be left in and is a possible, but could go back in distance.”

EAST CONFIRMED

Kevin Ryan’s East has been given the green light to contest the Irish 1000 Guineas. Winner of her first two starts, the Frankel filly went on to finish second to the impressive Newspaperofrecord at the Breeders’ Cup.

Making her seasonal debut in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches a week ago, she ran another meritorious race when third, beaten just over a length. She will now be given another chance to gain a classic victory.

Ryan said: “She’ll go for the Irish Guineas. She took the French run well and I was very pleased with her.”

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