Dermot Weld (left) and Voleuse De Coeurs: unlikely to tackle the Gold CupPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Voleuse unlikely for Gold Cup despite Vintage win
VOLEUSE DE COEURS is likely to remain on home turf this year, despite her odds for the Ascot Gold cup tumbling to as low as 16-1 (from 25 with BetVictor) following her convincing victory in Sunday's Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.
In winning a Listed contest taken by Fame And Glory and Yeats in recent years, it was no surprise to see her Gold Cup odds shorten, but trainer Dermot Weld already has the Ascot favourite Rite Of Passage in his stable.
Last year's emphatic Irish Cesarewitch winner Voleuse De Coeurs defeated old foe Missunited, who had finished ten-length runner up to her in the Cesarewitch, by a more modest two lengths this time, with a further four and a half back to 5-4 favourite El Salvador.
Weld said: “I see her as progressive and please God she will be a Gold Cup horse next year, but this year could be too soon for her.
"The Curragh Cup and Irish Leger is what we'll look at. I have Rite Of Passage for the Gold Cup this year, and I couldn't be happier with him."
The market for the 2m4f contest at Ascot on June 20 has taken more shape over the past few days, and as Voleuse De Coeurs was giving evidence that she could be an able substitute for Weld should anything happen to Rite Of Passage, in Germany Andreas Wöhler's two top stayers, Altano and Earl Of Tinsdal, were strutting their stuff.
The stablemates finished first and third in the Group 3 Oleander-Rennen over 2m at Hoppegarten, after which their trainer said: "I was very satisfied with that and Altano will now be aimed at the Gold Cup, while I shall also consider Earl Of Tinsdal for the Royal Ascot event, as he always needs his first race of the season and possibly has more class."
Coral trimmed Altano to 25-1 (from 40) for the Gold Cup, while the same firm quote the same price about Earl Of Tinsdal, though 33s is more common.
Others to show their hand recently include Godolphin's Ebor winner Willing Foe, who ran out a comfortable victor at Newbury on Saturday, after which he was cut to as short as 12-1 by William Hill.
Last week's Dante meeting at York also supplied Gold Cup clues, with Yorkshire Cup runner-up Top Trip now as low as 16-1.