Lady Kaya, second in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, has tragically lost her life, following a gallops accident.
Trainer Sheila Lavery announced on Twitter that the filly had broken a leg whilst being prepared for a crack at the Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
The daughter of Dandy Man had given a great account of herself at two, but sprang to Classic prominence when beating Happen by 2 ½ lengths in the Group Three 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown, in early April.
Whilst stamina doubts prevailed, she stayed the Newmarket mile well to finish a length second to Hermosa.
Lavery told the Press Association:
“She was having her final piece up the Curragh on the Old Vic – she was going beautifully and (jockey) Robbie (Colgan) just heard a bang.
“She shattered her hind leg. She was the soundest filly I’ve ever had.
“We boxed her off the gallops, brought her to Anglesey Lodge – who X-rayed her but said 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. We all went to the clinic with her.”