2013 Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune is enjoying some recovery time at the beach after his first-up victory in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
Puissance De Lune was positioned at the tail of the field by jockey Glen Boss and was still last coming around the home turn but showed exceptional acceleration, when he was angled for a run with 200 metres left to run, to record a comfortable victory over Ajeeb and Second Effort.
Trainer Darren Weir told Racing Ahead that he was happy with the first-up performance and said the son of Shamardal had pulled up well after the run.
“He was ridden well and the horse went well,” Weir said on RSN.
“Everything seems to be well with the horse.
“His legs are nice and cold and he is nice and bright in himself.”
Puissance De Lune spends a large chunk of time at the beach near Weir’s stable in Warrnambool and the leading Victorian provincial trainer believes it does the imported stayer a great deal of good.
“It is ideal for him because he is a bull and is very active at our Ballarat stable,” Weir said.
“He just doesn’t sort of settle as well (at Ballarat) and with the few little problems that he had the beach is ideal for it.
“His mind is great at the moment and the main thing is that he has pulled up very sound.”
Regular jockey Glen Boss said on TVN last Sunday that he believes the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 14 would be the ideal next race start for Puissance De Lune but Weir said he is eyeing a maiden crack at a Group 1 for the classy entire in the recently upgraded Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 7.
“(Owners) Gerry and Dean will have another chat but that is the way that I am leaning,” Weir said.
Puissance De Lune is aiming to become the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup (3200m) after resuming in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes since Subzero in 1992.