an impressive performance to win first up in her new autumn campaign, trainer
Kris Shailer can’t wait to see how promising mare Lady Le Fay (Thorn Park) will
perform in her next preparation.
four-year-old showed she had a big future ahead of her when she put together a
string of three wins from four starts prior to Christmas and was put aside for
a brief spell after finishing well back in the Gr. 3 Counties Cup.
have always had a big opinion of her and what she showed prior to Christmas
just confirmed that,” noted Shailer.
hindsight it may have been a mistake to take on the Counties Cup as she was at
the end of her preparation and that showed with her finishing well back that
weren’t that disappointed though as she still went a good race and we knew that
whatever she had done then she would only improve with the chance to mature
and brother Paul prepare the mare from their Matamata stable and were keen to
give her a couple of starts in the autumn before setting her aside again during
the cold winter months.
planned to give her just a few starts this time in so we had her pretty forward
for Saturday,” he explained.
would have been happy just to see her running on strongly but once she got in
the fight I did think she could win it as she has a powerful finish and that
real determined streak in her when things get tight.
will see how she comes through the race before confirming her next run but I
would expect that could be at Te Rapa as there is nice 1400 metre race at the
end of the month.
may have one more run after that but she will definitely have a good break over
the winter as I think we will see her peak as a five-year-old and there are any
number of targets for her then.”
by Windsor Park Stud together with Auckland based couple John and Margaret
Thompson, Lady Le Fay is a half sister to the multiple Group placed winner The
Tidy Express (Volksraad).
Le Fay was purchased for $25,000 at the 2012 NZ Bloodstock Yearling Sales Select
Sale session from the draft of Windsor Park Stud, who this year sold her Pour
Moi yearling half sister at the Premier Session where she was purchased by Dean
Hawthorne Bloodstock for $170,000.