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Monday 23 April 2018

Weld would get 'most' credit for a Coeurs win

Chris Hayes and Voleuse De Coeurs. Photo: PA Wire
Chris Hayes and Voleuse De Coeurs. Photo: PA Wire

AT one stage, it looked like the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup was going to contain maybe three Irish-trained runners.

Simenon was always going, Royal Diamond was touch and go and the Irish St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs was following a proven route for Dermot Weld.

As we look forward to the race, Simenon is not here alone from that list, but he is the sole Irish-trained runner.

Royal Diamond's connections rightfully chose Champions Day at Ascot and for €1.2million Lady O'Reilly and Dermot Weld parted company with Voleuse De Coeurs, who runs in the race for her new trainer Mike Moroney.

Had she stayed in Ireland and not been sold, Simenon would be the only one from that initial list of three, as Weld had announced that he felt a Melbourne Cup bid this year would be 12 months too soon for Voleuse De Coeurs.

But after chasing her for over a year, Moroney eventually got what he wanted and the Irish St Leger winner will run out of stall 21 in tomorrow's Melbourne Cup.

"She's one of the favourite runners I would say," Moroney told the Herald yesterday. "I'm pretty sure the Europeans would agree that she brings the right form into the race."

The five-time winner turned the final Classic of the Irish season into a procession back in September and, after such a high-profile purchase, it is no wonder that connections are bullish about her chances.

"It's her first trip away from home and I have been really surprised with how well she has done," said the trainer, who won the race with Brew back in 2000.

"I'm aware Dermot (Weld) had said that she's a filly for the race next year, rather than this year, but we've got her here and she has 54kg on her back and, if she's as good as we think she is, she'll be carrying a hell of a lot more next year.

"We thought it was the right opportunity."

Moroney admitted: "I haven't spoken to Dermot myself.

"I think anybody that loses a Group One horse is going to be a bit ticked to a degree."

But the trainer wasn't prepared to take the credit for training Voleuse De Coeurs to win a Melbourne Cup, should that be what she does tomorrow, and he concluded: "I would say most (credit) without a doubt (would go to Dermot Weld).

"He has spent most of the time with her and done the right things throughout."

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