A Laois trainer and his family will be hoping for glory at one of the most famous flat horse racing tracks in the world this afternoon.
Portarlington native Kieran Cotter will run Daughter In Law in the colours of Mrs Betty Murphy, mother of Danny, in the Queen Mary Stakes at 2.30pm in Royal Ascot.
The filly shocked everyone in the Curragh at the end of last month when she ran away Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden at a price of 10/1.
Danny Murphy joined Kieran’s yard as assistant trainer around nine months ago and he has helped drive them on to compete now with the very best.
The Cotters are very well known in Laois as Kieran’s wife Deirdre is a teacher in Portlaoise CBS and his daughter Mary plays football for St Conleth’s and the Laois Ladies.
Two-year-old Daughter In Law, which sports a distinctive red hood, is the diamond in Cotter’s army at the moment.
He is a very small trainer in the overall scheme of things with just 15 horses in his yard at present.
However, he has already had four winners this year and if Daughter In Law can do the business today, more £62,000 awaits in prize money.
Before the Cotters headed over to Ascot, Paddy Power sent one of their reporters out to the yard to see how things are getting on: