Chris Waller’s fillies dominate the nominations...
Melbourne horseman Michael Moroney is weighing up Group 1 options for his imported mare Voleuse De Coeurs first-up with a chance she will bypass the Makybe Diva Stakes this weekend in favour of an Underwood Stakes run Saturday week.
The former Irish-trained and raced daughter of Teofilo was one of 15 nominations taken for the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), the headline race at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday to feature the likes of Peter Moody’s Memsie Stakes winner Dissident and the Chris Waller-trained Boban.
Voleuse De Coeurs however could be saved for September 20 at Caulfield Racecourse where she would run in the $400,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) first-up over the extra distance.
She worked well on the course proper at Flemington on Tuesday morning showing signs of perhaps needing more distance than the mile provided by the Makybe Diva Stakes.
“The Makybe over a mile could be pretty tough on her first-up because she really hasn’t got any form until she gets over further,” Moroney told AAP on Tuesday.
“We’re starting to think that maybe the race at Caulfield might be the better starting point, and that will give me the chance to get a bit more work into her also.
“I’ll discuss it with the owners and throw the pros and cons around of kicking her off at a more suitable distance.”
A dour staying type she was previously prepared by dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer Dermot K Weld and will be wearing blinkers for her resuming run this season.
Moroney will use her first-up run with them on to see whether or not to keep the blinkers as part of her gear throughout the spring, the six-year-old sporting them for Tuesday’s gallop over 1400m.
Voleuse De Coeurs travelled down under last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on the back of an ultra-impressive six length victory over Ahzeemah in the Group 1 Irish St. Leger (2816m).
On debut in Australia she went straight into the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) but from an outside barrier 21 drawn only just managed to snare some prize money when 10th behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente.
During the autumn she had three more runs in elite level company, the best of which was a fifth behind Fiorente again this time in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) in March.
Her latest start was on April 19 at Randwick in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) back up over the two miles.
She was caught three wide early however settling midfield form her wide barrier 16 of 17 draw, but was then even wider with 800m left to travel and under pressure on the turn for home.
Eventually she crossed some 14 – 15 lengths off Waterhouse’s now 2014 Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer when 12th, an effort Moroney is hoping she can improve on when returning for this spring.
Voleuse De Coeurs is nominated for all the majors both in Sydney and Melbourne this time in and is again heading towards a run in the iconic Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
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