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Super mare Voler La Vedette and Andrew Lynch win the Hatton's Grace Fairyhouse

Voler La Vedette and Andrew Lynch winning the Hatton's Grace Hurdle

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Voler La Vedette team call time on her career

VOLER LA VEDETTE, winner of 13 of her 27 races including the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December 2011, has been retired. 

The nine-year-old ran her final race at Leopardstown last month when finishing fifth in the Grade 2 woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle. 

Colm Murphy, who trained the daughter of King's Theatre for owner-breeder Margaret Brophy, said on Monday: "Voler La Vedette was a very good mare who did us proud over the past few years, but she failed to run up to form in three starts this season and we decided that she has done enough.

"She has been retired and Mrs Brophy plans to have her covered."

Successful five times at Grade 2 level, Voler La Vedette also won two Grade 3 events and two Listed hurdle races. 

However, it was in defeat that she delivered her best performance when running Big Buck's to one and a three-quarter lengths in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. 

She also ran second to Quevega in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle at the 2012 Punchestown festival, and finished outside the first three only five times in her career.

What proved to be her final win came in the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown in December 2011, a victory which provoked considerable controversy in the betting world due to a Betfair software glitch which saw the mare being available to back in-running at 28-1 as she passed the winning post. 

Some 200 punters took advantage and staked a total of £800,000. However, Betfair decided to void most bets and refund stakes, citing a software failure caused by a unique set of circumstances and insisting that it would have voided the bets regardless of the result of the race.

Months later the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) backed the betting exchange's decision to void all the bets.

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