Jockey Glen Boss is confident that Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune can develop into one of the all-time greats during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
The imported stayer burst into Melbourne Cup favouritism last spring with his dominant eight length win in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) and demolition of a strong field in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on Emirates Stakes Day before returning with a first-up dead heat win with Budriguez in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) during the 2013 Autumn Racing Carnival.
Puissance De Lune undertook minor surgery to remove bone chips from a fetlock in March but has recovered well and suffered no ill effects from the operation.
While the 2013 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will be the ultimate Spring Racing Carnival goal for Puissance De Lune, Boss is confident that the Darren Weir-trained entire can take advantage of the lack of depth at weight-for-age-level and stamp himself as a champion.
“If he can overcome what was a slight setback, with the operation they had on him earlier in the year, I’m sure that he can be one of the all-time great weight -for- age horses,” Boss told Racing HQ.
“He is a very good horse and I’m sure that after the spring he will be a great horse.”
Puissance De Lune is yet to start full galloping trackwork but Boss is clearly desperate to get back on board the horse he called a Melbourne Cup ‘moral’ – a year out from the race.
“I haven’t been on his back at this part of the preparation,” the leading Victorian jockey said.
“Hopefully I get on his back soon enough.”
If Boss is able to win the Melbourne Cup on Puissance De Lune he will join Bobby Lewis and Harry White as the only jockeys to have won ‘the race that stops a nation’ on four occasions.