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Lady Kaya was led out unsold when the hammer came down at the €12,000 mark at the yearling sales. As a consequence, the filly nobody wanted is owned by Joanne Lavery, the niece of trainer Sheila Lavery.
If Lady Kaya was to walk around a sales ring, now, there would be plenty more interest as she held her own in top company as a two-year-old, won a Group 3 race at Leopardstown on her return and then ran the race of her life to be second in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket when splitting Hermosa and Qabala.
“The filly has run wonderfully but in many ways maybe it’s like the Moyglare Stud Stakes last season, in which I thought we had it won and nearly got there,” Lavery said. “That was over seven furlongs – I’m not discounting running this filly over a mile, but I’ll have to take advice.
“Robbie [Colgan] is my stable jockey and it’s strange to think that this time last year he was riding over fences. He’s very cool, though, and not intimidated by anyone.
“It’s my first runner in a Classic, and I train just 36 horses, but if you’re afraid of getting beaten then you shouldn’t be racing! Richard Hannon said yesterday after his horse was second in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas, ‘who remembers second?’ Well I do, and I will!”
Beforehand, Lavery had said of her stable star: “I think she is a wonderful story for racing. She was very inexpensive and it shows that there is a dream out there for everyone, everyone can buy the dream and for Joanne it has come true.”
There looked certain to be more big days for Lady Kaya but, tragically, she broke a leg in a workout at the Curragh while being prepared for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and she could not be saved.
“She was having her final piece up the Curragh – she was going beautifully and Robbie just heard a bang,” said Lavery. “She shattered her hind leg.
“We boxed her off the gallops, brought her to Anglesey Lodge – who X-rayed her but said she couldn’t be saved“Heartbroken. In fact that doesn’t describe the feeling of everybody here.”
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