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Shailer keen on future prospects for Windsor Park-bred Lady Le Fay
08 Apr 2015 | By NZ Racing Desk

Despite 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.

The 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.

“We have always had a big opinion of her and what she showed prior to Christmas just confirmed that,” noted Shailer.

“In 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 day.

“We 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 further.”

Shailer 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.

“We planned to give her just a few starts this time in so we had her pretty forward for Saturday,” he explained.

“I 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.

“We 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.

“She 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.”

Bred 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).

Lady 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.