World Hurdle next on list for Voler La Vedette

Voler La Vedette is to head for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham without another racecourse appearance.

Connections of the eight-year-old mare have decided against giving her a prep run in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday, which she won 12 months ago.

Trainer Colm Murphy outlined the plan after speaking to Voler La Vedette’s owners.

“We’ve decided she won’t run at the weekend. She’ll go straight to Cheltenham for the World Hurdle,” said Murphy.

“We’ll just keep her ticking over now. She seems in great form and I’m very happy with her.

“It’s more than likely she’ll go for the World Hurdle, not the (David Nicholson) Mares’ Hurdle.”

Voler La Vedette has enjoyed a successful campaign so far, winning her first three races of the winter, including the Grade One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle before suffering defeat against Zaidpour in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park last month.

With Voler La Vedette likely to run in the World Hurdle, Stan James have clipped the Willie Mullins-trained Quevega to 4-6 from 4-5 for the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle.

“Quevega has shortened following the news that her attempt to win a fourth David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle in a row at Cheltenham has been made easier after confirmation that Voler La Vedette is likely to swerve the race in favour of a tilt at the World Hurdle,” Joseph Burke, of Stan James Ireland.

“It now appears all Quevega has to do is turn up and jump the hurdles in order to win complete her four-timer.”

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