LAST year James McDonald experienced for the first time the adrenalin rush of the Melbourne Cup, ramped up near max with Fiorente running a brave, gallant second. McDonald hopes that former Irish mare Voleuse De Coeurs can take him to the Holy Grail next Tuesday, reports Racing Network.

Certainly, the ex-Dermot Weld trained mare created a favorable impression as he had his first ride on her at the Werribee training track, exclusive workout centre for all the international Cup contenders.
"I was extremely happy, she is a very good moving mare," McDonald said.
After working over 2000 metres, McDonald was effusive about the action of the Mike Moroney-trained mare.
He noted that she did not seem to be a typical European horse.
"She has a great action. I don't think there will be any problems with her on top of the ground and she has a beautiful attitude," McDonald said.
"She did her work really easily. I'm looking forward to the Cup in a week's time. I think she will be right there with flying colours."
McDonald described as "outstanding" the form that Voleuse De Coeurs brings with her into the Cup.
Apart from effortlessly defeating Red Cadeaux, one of her rivals next Tuesday, Voeuse De Coeurs also trounced Royal Diamond, which 10 days ago won a Group 1 on British Champions Day at Ascot.
"Her form is simply outstanding and she will run two miles without a problem."