Voler La Vedette to take on Quevega at Punchestown

09:15 24 March 2012

Voler La Vedette ridden by jockey Andrew Lynch jumps the last to win the Bar One Racing Hatton

Voler La Vedette ridden by jockey Andrew Lynch jumps the last to win the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle during the Premier Jump Racing Weekend at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Horse Talk: Top horse-racing tips and the latest news

Trainer Colm Murphy is preparing for another crack at a superstar with World Hurdle second Voler La Vedette, following news that she will take on Quevega at the Punchestown Festival.

The eight-year-old was last seen when runner-up to Big Buck’s in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham, finishing one and three quarter lengths adrift of the winner after making stealthy late headway and challenging at the last.

The prize-money for second place boosted the King’s Theatre mare’s earnings to over £385,000 and she has now won 13 and been place six times in 23 starts.

“She ran an absolute blinder,” Murphy said ahead of her upcoming clash with Quevega in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown. “We’re so thrilled and proud – but gutted at the same time.

“Going to the last I thought she had every chance, but in truth Big Buck’s was always holding her, almost toying with her.

“She’s unlucky to have run into a legend, but all being well we’ll be back next year for another go.”

Voler La Vedette has been installed as the 7-4 second favourite behind Quevega, the four-time winner of the mare’s hurdle at the Cheltenham festival, who heads the betting at 11-10 with Paddy Power.

Voler La Vedette’s continuing good form has delighted owner and breeder Paul Brophy, who confirmed that he has no plans to retire the King’s Theatre mare in the near future.

“She’ll take her place in the broodmare band in due course – but not yet,” Brophy said. “It’s fantastic to be here with a horse we’ve known since we foaled her.”

Paddy Power said of the proposed clash: “This really is the heavyweight battle of the two mares and while Quevega will probably go off a hot favourite, Voler La Vedette is in super form and put in the best performance of her career in running monster Big Buck’s to one and three quarter lengths at Cheltenham.”


Live Blog Transfer Window Live June 30
 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Arda Turan of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal against Juventus. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, according to Spanish media source Marca.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Aaron Cresswell is the Hammer of the Year

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has signed a new five-year contract after playing a starring role in his debut season with the club.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Dimitar Berbatov is a free agent and keen to come back to England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

We at London24 have come up with a team of the best players set to be out of contract on July 1. Will the London clubs swoop for any of these bargains?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Charlie Austin of QPR (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

West Brom are the latest club to enquire about the possibility of signing Charlie Austin this month, according to their local press.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Nyron Nosworthy in action for Sunderland against West Ham (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO).

Veteran centre back agree one-year contract at Victoria Road

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more