The exciting Vocalised colt Warm The Voice has been sold to continue his racing career in Hong Kong trainer Brendan Duke has stated.

He carried the prominent colours of Jim and Jackie Bolger and he impressively clocked up a hat-trick of victories notable in a valuable nursery at Listowel last month, earning him a step up to Pattern level in the Beresford Stakes at Naas.

Duke had been eyeing JRA Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday as a potential last outing of the season for his charge, but has since received an offer he felt was too good to refuse.

“The situation is the horse has been sold to race in Hong Kong,” said the Curragh-based trainer.

“It’s a business decision I made myself. There was absolutely no pressure from Jim or Jackie, quite the opposite. I think Jim was actually a bit surprised when I told him.

“There’s no point crying into your tea about it. Jim and Jackie have supported me for four years and the only colour Biro they’ve needed has been a red one, which is no way to run a business.

“Make no mistake, Warm The Voice is a very high-class horse and I expect him to do very well. “This is a decision I made with the bigger picture in mind and I’m very comfortable with it.” Instead Duke

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