Sheila Lavery ‘heartboken’ after Royal Ascot hope Lady Kaya suffers fatal gallops injury


Irish trainer Sheila Lavery says her stable has been left ‘heartbroken’ after star filly Lady Kaya suffered a fatal injury.

Lady Kaya, 8-1 third favourite for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next week, fractured a leg during a workout at the Curragh.

Robbie Colgan-ridden Lady Kaya had given Lavery her best days as a trainer, finishing runner-up in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes last year and second to Hermosa in the 1,000 Guineas on her latest run.

Lavery said: ‘She was having her final piece of work up the Curragh. She was going beautifully and Robbie just heard a bang. She shattered her hind leg.’

Meanwhile, Coral have eased the price of Aidan O’Brien’s Magna Grecia for the St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day of the royal meeting amid reports he is a doubtful starter.

Magna Grecia won the 2,000 Guineas but suffered a hamstring injury when fifth to Charlie Hills-trained Phoenix Of Spain in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. 

With his stable jockey William Buick missing the royal meeting as he continues to recover from a head injury, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby will use Aussie Kerrin McEvoy as well as James Doyle. 


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