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De Coeurs deal opens oz move

IRISH St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs has been inserted into the Melbourne Cup betting at 16/1 and was the subject of a lot of interest yesterday afternoon, however, the four-year-old filly has been sold by Lady O'Reilly and will now be moved to Flemington trainer Mike Moroney.

The filly had been given an entry in the race by Melbourne Cup legend Dermot Weld, but she left Rosewell House yesterday to go to Newmarket where she will go into quarantine today.

Dermot Weld was naturally disappointed to have the daughter of Teofilo exit his yard and he commented: "She's a very high-class filly and it was a great performance in the Irish St Leger. She's a good stayer with speed. She was a lovely filly to train and we are sad to lose her."

Although holding an entry in the Melbourne Cup, it was more likely that Voleuse De Coeurs was going to go to France later this month, but Mike Moroney's brother Paul, who confirmed the deal, was delighted to have secured the four-year-old as he had already tried to make the purchase prior to the Curragh triumph.

"The buyer is not wishing to be disclosed at this stage but she will be transferred by my brother Mike Moroney and will be entered into quarantine under Mike's name," Paul Moroney said yesterday. "I'm rapt we've been able to pull the deal off. We've been chasing her before the Irish St Leger but there was a minor hiccup which has now been sorted."

Paddy Power were quick to insert Voleuse De Coeurs into their Melbourne Cup betting as soon as rumours of the deal had surfaced and yesterday evening they were standing strong at 16/1 along with Bet365 as Ladbrokes were 12/1 and William Hill slightly bigger at 14/1.

The bookmaker said: "We had expected Voleuse De Coeurs to run in next season's Ascot Gold Cup for Dermot Weld, with the Curragh trainer then likely to take a view as to Melbourne for next November.

"We were taken aback by the news this morning but as a six-length winner of the Irish Leger, she goes to Australia with every chance in a race which only two horses are currently quoted at single-figure odds."

Meanwhile, trainer Charles Byrnes has warned soft ground would leave a serious doubt over the participation of Domination in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday week.

Byrnes believes the race is tailor-made for his six-year-old, but only if conditions don't deteriorate over the next 10 days. "I just hope the ground stays the way it is. If it becomes soft, he probably wouldn't run," he said.