Eliza Park International has purchased this year’s G1 Irish St Leger winner Voleuse de Coeurs for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup.
Voleuse de Coeurs (4m Teofilo – Vadorga by Grand Lodge) left Dermot Weld’s Irish stables and entered quarantine in Newmarket last week. She is due to arrive in Australia on Caulfield Cup day before coming out of quarantine on Victoria Derby Day.
“We felt this was a rare opportunity to buy into a quality, dual-purpose mare,” Eliza Park’s bloodstock adviser David O’Callaghan said. “She is a very talented stayer with a good turn of foot and looks progressive and adaptable. She handles any type of going and comes into the Cup with 54kg.
“Voleuse de Coeurs will be trained by Mike Moroney and we are under no illusions as to the difficulty of winning a Melbourne Cup,” Callaghan added. “She obviously needs to travel well, however, she is really fit and at the top of her form.”
Voleuse de Coeurs was bred by the Irish National Stud and was a 30,000 euros buy for Lady Reilly at the 2010 Goffs yearling sale. Her dam Vadorga hails from an Aga Khan family that has produced the G1 winners Vahorimix (French 2000 Guineas ), Val Royal (Breeders’ Cup Mile) and Valixir (Queen Anne Stakes).
Bookmakers have Voleuse de Coeurs on the fifth line of Melbourne Cup markets at $18.
VOLEUSE DE COEURS
Teofilo mare wins a seventh Irish St Leger at the Curragh for trainer Dermot Weld