Colm Murphy has called time on the racing life of Voler La Vedette with the distinguished mare now bound for a breeding career.
A winner of 13 of her 27 starts, 10 of which were at Listed or Stakes level including the Hatton's Grace Hurdle and Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle, she now returns to her owner and breeder Margaret Brophy.
Voler La Vedette produced perhaps her best and most memorable performance in defeat, when creeping alongside Big Buck's at the final flight of last March's Ladbrokes World Hurdle and almost upsetting the supreme stayer before finishing just under two lengths behind.
There was an ominous start to this season for the nine-year-old when she was beaten at odds of 1-7 on her comeback at Navan and she was a distant fifth on what was to be her final start in the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle on 28 December.
"She is a very, very valuable broodmare now" - Colm Murphy
"She has been phenomenal for us and she is a very, very valuable broodmare now," said Murphy.
"We've had some great days with her. It was a shame she couldn't build on last year but she has gone back to her owner's place now and she'll be really missed by us."