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Ces stroll for Weld filly

Sun, 14 October 2012

Voleuse De Coeurs looks a filly sure to make her mark in Pattern company in due course after slamming her rivals in the Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh.

Dermot Weld's charge had run out a most impressive eight-length winner on her first attempt at two miles at the Galway Festival, a victory which earned her a steep 15lb rise in the weights, but it made no difference as she turned what looked an ultra-competitive handicap into a procession.

The 6-1 favourite cruised into the straight and apprentice Leigh Roche was looking round for dangers. Missunited gave everything in an attempt to complete a four-timer, but Voleuse De Coeurs was laughing at her rivals and pulled right away to score by 10 lengths without being asked a question.

Weld was in Canada to see Princess Highway run at Woodbine and his son and assistant Kris 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 black type next year."

Midnight Soprano got back on the winning trail in a thrilling Irish Field Finale Stakes. The 11-2 chance disappointed on her latest appearance at Glorious Goodwood, but given plenty of time to recover, she bounced back to beat the staying-on Minsk by a neck in the hands of Chris Hayes.

Winning trainer Paul Deegan said: "I'm delighted and she's holding her form well. She will probably go now for a Group Three in France." The John Oxx-trained Minsk is returning to the Dessie Hughes yard to continue his hurdling career.

Hayes had earlier struck gold on Seolan (13-2), who made it two wins from as many starts with a determined show in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes. The youngster won readily for Deegan at Listowel last month, since when she has been switched to the care of Patrick Prendergast, having changed ownership.

Prendergast said: "A lot of the credit for this has to go to Paul Deegan. I really liked her when she won at Listowel. She worked very well last week and I would have cried if they had called it off. I hadn't looked beyond today as we just wanted to get black type with her."

Odds-on favourite Maarek had to make do with minor honours as 16-1 shot Katla sprang something of a surprise in the Mick Ramsey Lifetime In Racing Achievement Waterford Testimonial Stakes for one-horse trainer John Grogan. Maarek's rider Joseph O'Brien picked up a three-day whip ban.