Lady a great racing story
Kaya’s comfortable triumph in the Ballylinch Stud 1000 Guineas Trial at
Leopardstown on Saturday illustrated once more that the dream at the core of
racing at all levels can become reality.
trainer Sheila Lavery only took out a licence in 2012, at a time when the
recession had left its mark on the industry and she was 52 years of age. The
only member of her family to have any interest in horses, she her interest
initially was in eventing and she branched into thoroughbred breeding before
opting to try pinhooking, buying young stock and selling them as two-year-olds.
she failed to move four of her projects, she took out a licence to train and
they started winning. Her brother John provided the initial investment and
found himself enjoying it. Trusting his sister’s judgement at the sales, he has
been his sister’s primary patron as the yard has grown with each increasingly
Colgan has been a key member of the operation in recent years as a work rider
initially and such was the fruitfulness of his partnership on the track with
Chinook in 2018 that the long-time jump jockey has chosen to focus entirely on
the Flat this season.
John’s daughter Joanne has been trading in recent years and getting more
involved in Sheila’s breeding interests now that training is taking over more
of her time. Lady Kaya was one Joanne intended to sell as a yearling, having
bought the daughter of Dandy Man from Ballylinch Stud for €15,000. She couldn’t
get enough however, so she put her in training with her aunt. And now, whatever
happens, she owns a very valuable filly with a broodmare career assured as a
Group 3 winner.
even if a mile does stretch her and Classic glory is beyond the Laverys’ Lady,
it is hard to imagine her not taking plenty of scalps over seven furlongs. It
is truly a great racing story.
Ess does his namesake proud
O’Dwyer was a Gold Cup-winning jockey who initially concentrated on training in
the National Hunt sphere but economics have seen him turn his attention to the
Flat more in recent years.
Ess made it two winners on the trot on the level for the Rossmore House trainer
in the Corkracecourse.ie Apprentice Handicap yesterday under Tom Madden and it
was one that was dear to his heart given that Dragon Pulse five-year-old is
named after his great friend and former weigh room colleague John Shortt, who
died two years ago after a long battle with cancer.
Ess, owned by the Brinkleys Syndicate, has certainly done his bit to keep the
Shortt name in lights and this was his fourth career success. One suspects it
won’t be the last.
Names Jock looks a smart recruit for John Kiely. The octogenarian is better
known as a trainer of top class National Hunt horses, from Carlingford Lough
back to Ivan King, with Blazing Liss, Liss A Paoraigh, Black Queen, Sweeps Hill
and Indian Pace in between.
Dungarvan handler is no stranger to Flat success however, Toe The Line
illustrating that well in recent times and The Names Jock might be one to pick
off some good pots along the way after bagging the Mallow Handicap at Cork
yesterday with Billy Lee, a week after a promising third-place finish in Navan.
by Brian Gleeson, of RTÉ and ITV Racing, the three-year-old bred by Dermot
Weld’s Springbank Way Stud was purchased by former flat jockey Ted Durcan with
a view to pursuing a career as a juvenile hurdler and bears the hallmarks of a
horse that may well flourish in that division.
the shrewd Kiely - described by Gleeson as “the maestro” – is never one to pass
up an opportunity along the way and one suspects there might be another pot or
two to be hoovered up yet before Jock turns his attentions to the obstacles.