Sheila Lavery has been training in County Meath since 2012. She has 36 horses under her care and the stable star is Lady Kaya.
The filly was led out unsold when the hammer came down at the €12,000 mark at the yearling sales. As a consequence, she is owned by Lavery’s niece, Joanne Lavery.
Lady Kaya gave Laverty her a first Pattern Race success in the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown and was then her first runner in a Classic, when she was runner-up to Hermosa in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
“I like being the underdog and I think she is a wonderful story for racing,” she said before the Newmarket feature. “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.”
Even in defeat at Headquarters, she was overjoyed. “I owe a lot to both [jockeys] Pat Smullen and Johnny Murtagh,” she said. “Both have been brilliant in giving me help and information. The filly has run wonderfully.
“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!”
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