Lavery is left 'heartbroken' following the death of stable star Lady Kaya
The fragility of racehorses was thrown into the spotlight once again with Meath trainer Sheila Lavery left "absolutely heartbroken" after the death of stable star Lady Kaya.
Lady Kaya - a gallant runner-up in last month's English 1,000 Guineas behind the brilliant Hermosa - has been one of the stories of the season with Lavery, a latecomer to the training ranks having only taken out her licence when aged 52 in 2012, flying high against racing's big hitters.
Lady Kaya has helped to put Lavery on the map while also rejuvenating the career of jockey Robbie Colgan.
However, the daughter of Dandy Man suffered a broken leg on the Curragh yesterday during routine work.
"We are absolutely heartbroken here, Lady Kaya broke her leg and could not be saved. No words describe the beauty of Lady Kaya," Lavery said.
"She was having her final piece up the Curragh on the Old Vic - she was going beautifully and Robbie just heard a bang. She shattered her hind leg. She was the soundest filly I've ever had.
"We brought her to Anglesey Lodge but she couldn't be saved, and they put her down. Heartbroken. In fact, that doesn't describe the feeling of everybody here. She was owned by my niece, Joanna, who was there this morning."
Lady Kaya was being readied for a tilt at next week's Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
Meanwhile, Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell struck for a big-race double at Roscommon last night. Farclas made it three from three over fences in the extended two-mile novice chase. The grey five-year-old gelding went off at odds of 1/3 and had to be niggled along by Russell before picking off his rivals before the last.
The pair followed up shortly afterwards when 20/1 shot Cecil Corbett was a surprise winner of the featured Connacht National Handicap Chase.