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Vedette needs Leopardstown rain

Colm Murphy would like to see plenty of rain to tempt him to run Voler La Vedette against Hurricane Fly in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Should the ground not ease, Murphy will probably avoid taking on last season's Irish and Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner and give his star mare an outing in the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran on Thursday instead.

"I'm not sure yet if she runs on Sunday. We've not made a final decision," the County Wexford trainer told At The Races.

"I suppose a lot will depend on the ground. It's good ground at Leopardstown at the moment. We'll want to get a bit of rain if we are going to take him on. We'll see what the weather does during the week.

"She seems a better mare this year and she's settling better.

"We'll have to make a decision, maybe in the morning. If she doesn't go on Sunday I'd imagine we'll take the engagement on Thursday.

"We want a good cut in the ground to be taking on Hurricane Fly.

"As for which race she goes for at Cheltenham, we'll see how she gets on in her next race and make a decision then.

"There's the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle but we've by no means ruled out the World Hurdle."


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