Monday 21 May 2018

Voler's better than Zaid' defeat - Murphy

COLM Murphy feels Voler La Vedette is better than she showed in defeat behind Zaidpour at Gowran last time out.

The mare had previously gained her first Grade One win in the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse, before winning over Christmas at Leopardstown.

She was sent off odds-on to beat Zaidpour, but Ruby Walsh rode a canny race from the front and held a length advantage at the line.

However, Murphy said: "She ran too free the last day and she paid the penalty.

"If the race was run again we'd be hoping for a different result but she's come out of it well and we're happy with her.


"Early on she used to be very keen but she gives herself a chance now, that has helped her reach her potential and we've been delighted with her. She's entered in the World Hurdle and she'll have an entry in the mares' race (at Cheltenham) but there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then.

"We haven't ruled either of them out."

Surprise Cheltenham entry Tiger Reigns could start his hurdling career at Doncaster on Thursday.

Highly progressive on the Flat for Michael Dods during 2010 and rated as high as 102, the six-year-old failed to reach such lofty heights last season and his County Durham-based trainer has decided to try something different.

Dods, who has saddled the occasional jumps winner in his time, has entered Tiger Reigns in the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle as well as the 32RedPoker.com Novices' Hurdle on Town Moor.

"He's entered at Doncaster and will hopefully run," Dods said.

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