Twenty years on from Dermot Weld’s maiden Emirates Melbourne Cup success and one of his entries for this year’s renewal turned in the Irish St Leger into a procession at the Curragh in the early hours of Monday. Weld fielded both his nominations in the shape of Pale Mimosa and Voleuse De Coeurs in the 2800-metre Irish Classic, but it was the latter who streaked to a commanding six-length success under Chris Hayes.

The four-year-old Teofilo filly had been beaten by fellow Cup entries Ernest Hemmingway and Royal Diamond on her most recent outings, but that meant little on the big stage and she comprehensively turned the tables on that pairing who finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Another Melbourne Cup possible Ahzeemah took the second spot for Godolphin, while Saddler’s Rock ran third and Flemington favourite Red Cadeaux finished an honest fourth on his final European start before entering quarantine.

Voleuse De Coeurs was Weld’s seventh success in the Irish St Leger and he achieved it with a filly who had never attempted Group 1 company before, and started this season as a mid-division handicapper.

The trainer said: “She ran a good race here in the Trial on her most recent outing and I knew she'd improve from that.

“She is thoroughly genuine and consistent and has put up some very good performances this season.

“I'll have to talk to her owner Lady O'Reilly about whether she will be retired for the year but I will certainly advise to keep her in training as a five-year-old and she will definitely make a Cup mare next year.

“Today was the day we really trained her for. She is a very straightforward filly, and a model of consistency.”

He added of seventh-home Pale Mimosa: “I felt the she might have a bit more pace than the winner, but she might just have needed the run.”

Weld famously struck in 1993 Cup with Vintage Crop and returned to score again some nine years later with Media Puzzle.

However, a Cup assault with Voleuse De Coeurs appears unlikely, with Lady O’Reilly commenting: “She did it very easily and she definitely likes the Curragh and this time of year. I think she can rest on her laurels now and maybe go to stud.”

The week has been a magical few days for Hayes who enjoyed Group One success last weekend at Leopardstown on La Collina for Kevin Prendergast.

The jockey said: “It’s brilliant to ride for Mr Weld and that’s my first ride for him. He was very bullish and told me to have her handy.

“She’s a better filly with ease in the ground. They were stopping in front of me and she came back on the bridle and bolted up. Thank God it wasn’t a handicap or I’d be in trouble!

“Lady O’Reilly has been very good to me. Last week meant a lot as it was for the boss, but I can enjoy this one a bit more now.”