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Voleuse De Coeurs Back Bigger & Stronger
Mike Moroney has revealed that Irish-bred mare Voleuse De Coeurs (Teofilo-Vadorga, by Grand Lodge) is in good shape ahead of her return to racing in Saturday's Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington, reports horseracing.com.au. Voleuse De Coeurs made her Australian racing debut with a tenth-place finish behind Fiorente in last year's Melbourne Cup before spending a month in the paddock and Moroney believes that she has taken plenty of benefit during her break. "She is very bright and looks well," Moroney said. "This is the first time that we have had her in the stable from scratch and I would say that we are still learning a fair bit about her." He added, "You will see her a little bit bigger than she has paraded before; the only time she has been out was Melbourne Cup day. She has put on weight, but there wasn't much of her then and she is a stronger mare now." No horse has won the Australian Cup first-up in the past thirty years, but Moroney said that he wanted to give the 5YO her first start over 2000 metres rather than put her under pressure over a mile. "It will just be nice to see what she does over a mile-and-a-quarter because her European form has all been over a mile-and-a-half and further," he said.