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Voleuse De Coeurs striding clear in the GAIN Irish St Leger

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Voleuse De Coeurs dominates in Irish Leger

Report: Curragh, Sunday

GAIN Irish St Leger (Group 1) 1m6f, 3yo+

VOLEUSE DE COEURS romped to victory under Chris Hayes to give trainer Dermot Weld his first win in the Irish St Leger since the great Vinnie Roe, who was successful four times with the last win achieved in 2004.

It has been some week for jockey Hayes, who rode his first Group 1 winner aboard La Collina in the Matron Stakes last Saturday, and, while that victory was by half a length, he was able to savour a first Irish St Leger success, coming home in splendid isolation by six lengths.

Voleuse De Coeurs was sent off a 9-1 shot, with the well-backed 7-2 favourite Ahzeemah one of the first to show when the stalls opened.

Silvestre de Sousa took the four-year-old back a couple of places, with last year's winner Royal Diamond and Chamonix cutting out the running.

Turning for home a swathe of challengers were lining up behind the leaders, including Ahzeemah and Red Cadeaux, but once Hayes swept round the outside the race was effectively over.

Continuing to pull clear in the home straight, none of his rivals could mount a challenge, with Ahzeemah managing to hold second from 16-1 chance Saddler's Rock.

Weld said: "Voleuse De Coueurs is a tough, genuine and consistent filly. It was beautiful good ground today and she handled it well although she is a filly who appreciates ease."

"It's unlikely that she will go for the Melbourne Cup and I very much see her as a contender for the Cup races next year."

Silvestre de Sousa was pleased with Ahzeemah's effort and said: "It was a brilliant run. He is one to look forward to next year when he should be a Gold Cup horse."

Ascot will be Saddler's Rock next target as trainer John Oxx said: "That was a lot better it was the first time this year that he has shown his true form. He'll go for the Long Distance Cup at Ascot."

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