Voleuse De Coeurs

Voleuse De Coeurs
Trainer: Mike Moroney (Flemington, Melbourne)
Regular Jockey: TBC
Info: Bay mare 5 years
Breeding: Teofilo (IRE)-Vadorga (GB), by Grand Lodge (USA)
Type: Stayer - Emirates Melbourne Cup
Career Record: 13 starts, 5–3–2

Career Highlights: Won G1 Irish St Leger, 2800m at the Curragh, Ireland, 15 September, 2013, Won Listed Vintage Crop Stakes, 2800m at Navan, Ireland, May 19, 2013 & Third G3 Curragh Cup, 2800m at the Curragh, Ireland, June 30, 2013.­­­­­­­­­­

About: When Dermot Weld nominates a horse for the Melbourne Cup, you must take notice. The clever Irish trainer created history when he won the Cup with Vintage Crop in 1993, and he won it again in 2002 with Media Puzzle.

He’s rarely far from the mark in his assessment of the right horse for the race. He also has finished second with Vinnie Roe (behind Makybe Diva in 2004) and a luckless fifth with Profound Beauty (behind Viewed in 2008). “You needed then what you need now — a quick stayer,” he told Michael Lynch for Inside Racing in July.

Weld has two promising mares — Voleuse de Coeurs and Pale Mimosa — in his stable at the Curragh, and he has earmarked them for the Cup, if not this year, almost certainly in 2014. Of the pair Voleuse de Coeurs is the one possible for this year’s race after her third (6/4 favourite) behind Ernest Hemingway and Royal Diamond in the G3 Curragh Cup (2800m) at the Curragh on June 30, when she came from last to challenge strongly at the 400 metres.

At her previous start she was too good for Missunited in the Listed Vintage Crop Stakes (2800m) at Navan on May 19. It is a race previously won by such stars as Yeats and Fame And Glory, and Weld toyed with the idea of running his improving mare in the G1 Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) at Royal Ascot before settling on stable headliner Rite Of Passage (unplaced behind Estimate) for that race.

“I see her as progressive and please God she will be a Gold Cup horse next year, but this year could be too soon for her. The Curragh Cup and Irish Leger is what we'll look at,” Weld told Racing Post.

Voleuse de Coeurs was bred at the Irish National Stud and she was sold as a yearling at the 2010 Goffs sale in Ireland for 30,000 euros to Lady Chryss O’Reilly’s Skymarc Farm. The American-born Lady O’Reilly, the wife of Irish media and industrial magnate Sir Anthony O’Reilly, is not only a long-time client of Weld, but also a former chair of the Irish National Stud.

The G1 Irish St Leger (2800m) is run at the Curragh on September 15. Weld won it with Vintage Crop in his final start before he won the Cup in 1993. 

Voleuse De Coeurs warmed up for the race with a terrific second, beaten a half length, behind Royal Diamond in the G3 St Leger Trial Stakes (2800m) at the Curragh on August 24. The mare raced handy and joined the winner at the 200 metres, but found him too strong late. The highly rated Ernest Hemingway was 5.5 lengths back in third place.

Voleuse De Coeurs dominated the Irish St Leger to win by six lengths from Godolphin’s Ahzeemah on a good track. 

Weld had decided against coming to Melbourne this year, but on October 2 Lady Reilly accepted an offer on the mare from Macau-based businessman Ting Kong Cheng, whose company Sun International recently bought Victoria’s Eliza Park Stud, and Voleuse De Coeurs was immediately put into quarantine—she will be trained in Australia by Michael Moroney, who trained Brew to win the Cup in 2000.

Voleuse De Coeurs started from barrier 21 in the Melbourne Cup a tough ask for any galloper let alone one having her first start in Australia. James McDonald had little option but to go back on the mare and ride for luck in the straight. he did that with Voleuse De Coeurs finishing a creditable tenth.

Last updated 18/11/2013

Spring Fact: No northern hemisphere-trained mare has won the Melbourne Cup. Eleven mares have won 13 Cups—Makybe Diva, who like Voleuse De Coeurs is bred in the northern hemisphere, won three (2003-04-05).

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