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  • 13:50 Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (Grade 1) €80,001 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 13.10s
  • Off time: 13:53:05

Voler La Vedette wins Grace

Murphy star swoops for victory

Last Updated: 04/12/11 2:37pm

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Voler La Vedette (L): First Grade One win

Voler La Vedette (L): First Grade One win

Colm Murphy's Voler La Vedette, ridden by Andrew Lynch, landed her first Grade One win when scoring in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The seven-year-old mare (7-4) was held up throughout the Grade One contest, and looked to be struggling slightly turning in.

However she was merely outpaced and came with a swooping run on the outside of the field to challenge for the lead two hurdles out.

Sent to the front by Lynch, she skipped over the last and powered away from long-time leader Final Approach.

As that runner faded, it was left to Willie Mullins' other representative Mourad (11-8 fav), and Edward O'Grady's The Real Article, to fight it out for second, with the former just prevailing.

Murphy said: "I'm delighted for everyone, it's great when it does go right. "We couldn't have been happier coming here, everything had gone well and she'd been knocking on the door in these races so it's great that she got her turn.

"If anything the smaller the field the better for her because she's only ever going to be in the first four.

"Andrew knows her well. He gets her settled then rides a race after that.

"I was a little bit surprised turning in when she seemed to get a little bit outpaced, but Andrew said she just got a bit too relaxed, as soon as he woke her she was getting there too soon.

"She'll get an entry in the two-miler and three-miler at Leopardstown at Christmas and we'll see where we go from there.

"There's a two-and-a-half-mile race at Gowran for her, there's plenty for her.

"I hope the plan is not to try to get her in foal but I'd imagine it is.

"She's a very valuable broodmare and it was great they kept her in training this year.

"If we had her for another year that would be great."

The victory for Murphy's star, who had a spell as a broodmare, was her first at the very top level, and prompted Sky Bet to cut her to 8-1 (from 12s) for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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