Colm Murphy’s star mare Voler La Vedette will bid for a first Grade One victory in the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
The 11-time winner was hugely impressive on her recent seasonal return in Navan’s Lismullen Hurdle and Murphy is looking forward to seeing her step up to the highest level.
“I was absolutely delighted with her and delighted with the manner in which she did it,” said the trainer.
“She’s a very good mare and I’d like to think she’ll come on for it plenty as well.
“All going well, she’ll probably run next weekend in the Hatton’s Grace. That looks the obvious race for her and there’ll be no hiding places, but we look forward to it.
“She ran well to finish third last year behind Hurricane Fly, so you’d hope she’ll go there with every chance.”
The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown remains the next objective for Murphy’s star two-mile chaser Big Zeb.
The 10-year-old looked as good as ever when landing the Fortria Chase at Navan earlier this month.
“We were delighted with his win in Navan and the plan is for him to go straight to Leopardstown at Christmas,” said Murphy.
“For his first run of the season the last day you couldn’t be happier, so hopefully he can continue that way.
“I’d imagine we’ll follow a similar route to last season, but we’ll get the race at Christmas out of the way first.”