Coeur Volante gets off the canvas to claim Scarborough Stakes

Coeur Volante ridden by Blake Shinn (yellow cap) wins the Scarborough Stakes at Moonee Valley. (Photo by George Sal/Racing Photos)

Coeur Volante (+850) has taken out the Group 3 Scarborough Stakes at Moonee Valley, after receiving a cool, patient ride from Blake Shinn in the last race on the program.

After jumping from barrier three, Shinn found the rail on the eventual winner and everyone could see her trucking up behind the leading trio on the home bend, searching for a run to appear.

Shinn took his time and allowed the daughter of Proisir to find her feet before bursting through a gap on the inside of the leader Inhibitions (+1100), before racing clear for a nice win over Inhibitions and the fast-finishing Bossy Nic (+1800).

The race favourites Skirt The Law (+260) and Shesallshenanigans (+300) had their chance in the race but they battled away on the inside rail to finish fifth and seventh, respectively.

2023 Group 3 Scarborough Stakes Replay – Coeur Volante |T: Mike Moroney | J: Blake Shinn

Mike Moroney spoke post-race about the win of Coeur Volante and her aspirations to go onto the Thousand Guineas.

“Blake doesn’t do too much wrong, does he?” Moroney said of Blake Shinn after his winning ride.

“She was getting a really nice run, but she got held up, held up and held up, but she got through and I thought it was a really good effort.

“We brought her back to aim at the Thousand Guineas, and that’s where we will head towards.

“I was a bit worried about her coming here tonight because she went off her feed a little while ago, so we put her in the paddock over winter.

“She came back and wasn’t eating, but she has come right in the last week, so hopefully upwards from here.

“There is a 1400m race during the carnival so we will go there and then we have to make up our mind, as to whether we run her in the Prelude or go straight into the (Thousand) Guineas after a month between runs.”

After riding an early double and then having a fall in race four, Shinn brought up his riding treble with the win on Coeur Volante.

“Sensational performance,” Shinn said.

“Full credit to Mike (Moroney) who has prepped her up for the Thousand Guineas.

“It was a great win tonight, considering she was first-up against some decent filly’s who had a run under their belt.

“Things didn’t happen the way I would have liked, but she was good enough to get off the canvas and get the win.”

Coeur Volante is the third favourite at (+800) in the Thousand Guineas futures market with most online bookmakers.

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