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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Voleuse yields Vintage harvest

Published 19/05/2013 | 19:12

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Voleuse De Coeurs

Voleuse De Coeurs got back on the winning trail in the Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.

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Dermot Weld's filly won the Irish Cesarewitch by 10 lengths from Missunited last season, and those two again fought out the finish in this Listed race over a mile and six furlongs.

Voleuse De Coeurs was disappointing behind El Salvador on her seasonal return at Limerick, but left the 5-4 favourite back in third on this occasion.

Steps To Freedom was slightly squeezed up by the winner a furlong out but was ultimately well beaten in fourth.

Pat Smullen was still forced to keep Voleuse De Coeurs (7-4) up to her work but she eventually won going away.

Weld said: "I see her as being very progressive and possibly an outstanding stayer. I thought she would win and this is a race I wanted to win.

"She was very good over staying distances last year. She is entered in the Ascot Gold Cup but that might be a bit soon for here.

"She could go for the Curragh Cup and then the Irish St Leger, and she could be a Gold Cup horse next year. Conditions were perfect for her as she always wants a little ease in the ground."

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