Sheila Lavery is leaning towards a crack at the Qipco 1000 Guineas with impressive Leopardstown winner Lady Kaya.
A smart juvenile last season, Lady Kaya began the current campaign with stamina doubts regarding a Classic tilt.
However, sent into an early lead by Robbie Colgan in Saturday’s trial, she beat Fillies’ Mile winner Iridessa, among others, by an eased-down two and a quarter lengths over seven furlongs.
“She came out of the race very well, and I would imagine that we are leaning towards Newmarket, but we’ll make a definite decision closer to the time,” said Lavery.
“She did surprise me a little, because I wasn’t convinced she’d stay on that ground. You’d have to be happy.
“It was soft ground down the back, which she wouldn’t have been keen on, so I was delighted and surprised.”
It was a performance which indicates Lady Kaya will be able to stay the extra furlong.
Lavery added: “The big thing now is she has really learned to settle – Robbie can put her where he wants. He gave her a beautiful ride.
“The consensus seems to be Newmarket is an easier mile than the Curragh – so all things being right, we’ll be aiming her at Newmarket.”