Voleuse De Coeurs wins Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch

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Voleuse De Coeurs wins Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch

October 14, 2012

Voleuse De Coeursshowed herself to be a step ahead of the handicapper as she scored an emphatic win in the Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh.

With Pat Smullen riding in Canada this evening, Leigh Roche took the ride on Dermot Weld’s three-year-old daughter of Teofilo and she sluiced up by 10 lengths to justify 6/1 favouritism.

She travelled strongly off the pace and cruised through to lead over a furlong out and drew clear impressively to put her 26 rivals firmly in their place at the end of two miles on heavy ground.

With Dermot Weldin Canada, his son and assistant trainer Kris Weld said: “We thought she would win and that’s been the plan since Galway. It was soft in Galway, but very different conditions today.

“It was real winter ground and I haven’t seen it as bad on the Curragh before. Leigh gave her a great ride and dad saw it live in Canada.

“She won like the decent filly she is. She’ll stay in training and hopefully she can pick up some blacktype next year.”

Voleuse De Coeursreceived a 15lb hike in the handicap after winning a two mile handicap at the Galway Festival. Her future would now appear to be in Pattern company.

The race for second place was won by Missunited (8/1) who kept on for pressure to beat Lough Ferrib (14/1) by a neck. Tantalising at 25/1 gave each way backers some cheer in fourth, a further two lengths back

Midnight Soprano recorded her fifth win this year, three of which have been gained here at headquarters, when holding off the challenge of Minskby a diminishing neck in the Listed Irish Field Finale Stakes.

Chris Hayes sent her past the odds-on favourite Chamonixearly in the straight, and gained what ultimately proved a vital few lengths advantage.

Minsk (11/4) rallied strongly inside the furlong pole but the Paul Deegan-trained 11/2 chance kept on gamely to prevail by a neck.

Demurelywas a further four and a half lengths adrift in third, with the “jolly” weakening into fourth.

Deegan reported by phone from Newmarket, “I’m delighted and she’s holding her form well. She will probably go now for a Group 3 in France.”

John Oxx confirmed afterwards that Minsk is to go back hurdling, and he will return to Dessie Hughes’ yard next week


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