Heartbroken is an understatement.
The Sheila Lavery trained Lady Kaka sadly lost her life this morning. Lavery tweeted this poignant message out to her followers today;
“We are absolutely heartbroken here; Lady Kaya broke her leg this morning and could not be saved. No words describe the beauty of Lady Kaya”.
This daughter Dandy Man showed smart form as a two-year-old, beating the high-class Pink Dogwood by an imposing 10 lengths in a Curragh maiden before fishing second to Skitter Scatter in the Group 1 Moyglare.
She made a winning reappearance in the 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in April, travelling powerfully on the front-end throughout, a star-studded monotonous which set up a tilt at the 1000 Guineas itself at Newmarket racecourse.
Lady Kaya travelled ominously well throughout the race and was the last of the 15-strong field to come off the bridle, but she was just out-battled to in the closing stages by the Aidan O’Brien trained Hermosa, who has since bolted up in the Irish 1000 Guineas demonstrating her defeat to that rival was rock-solid form.
There is no doubting Lady Kaya has unquestionably improved further this season and likelihood of her winning the Commonwealth Cup next week at Royal Ascot was fairly high. The drop back six-furlongs and the handy 3lb sex allowance would have seen her almost unopposable.
This is really a colossal blow for meticulous trainer Shelia Lavery and her hardworking team. All I can say is Enjoy the good times as the bad are never too far away.
We can only envisage what this wonder mare would have achieved. Lady Kaya will go down in the racing history books as the one the got away. Awfully sad times for everyone involved.