Trainer Michael Moroney has confirmed the first-up assignment for his Irish St Leger winning mare Voleuse de Coeurs as the 2014 Makybe Diva Stakes in September.
The imported daughter of Teofilo, who turns six next week, will then be aimed at a Spring Cups campaign.
She is targeting both the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18 and Flemington’s famous $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4.
The former Dermot K Weld-trained stayer raced in Australia last spring on the back of her impressive six length romp in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) back home at The Curragh.
She debuted down under on the first Tuesday of November in the ‘race that stops a nation’.
There she finished a credible 10th behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained winner Fiorente after being hampered near the 2000m mark.
Voleuse de Coeurs then came back for the autumn four months later.
She finished fifth in both the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) behind Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente in Melbourne and behind Silent Achiever in the Group 1 The BMW (2500m) in her maiden Sydney run.
Her last start was then a disappointing 12th to Waterhouse’s Montjeu gelding The Offer, now leading the futures Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at a quote of $13, in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
Voleuse de Coeurs was caught wide throughout the Sydney Cup run however, and Moroney is confident that she can return in the new season and be far more competitive over the two miles for their second Melbourne Cup bid.
“She’s up to doing strong pace work. She looks good and her work suggests she’s really come on,” he said on TVN on Thursday.
“She has a thick, woolly coat now so she’s certainly acclimatised.”
He’s scheduled their resuming run to be in the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 13.
From there the options are either the $400,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 20 or the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) back at Flemington on October 4.
“She will probably resume in the Makybe Diva before running in either the Turnbull or the Underwood,” he confirmed.
Moroney also confirmed the 2014 Caulfield Cup was on their agenda leading into the world’s richest handicap, Voleuse de Coeurs paying $41 in futures markets for the 2400m clash led by Rising Romance.
“We’d like to run in the Caulfield and Melbourne cups this year,” he said.
They are shorter in futures Melbourne Cup odds then at a quote of $34 to hand Moroney with his second ‘Loving Trophy’ following his 2000 success with Brew.
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