Trainer Darren Weir will send Puissance De Lune back to his Ballarat base for a Saturday morning jump out for his final hard hit-out before his Spring Carnival continues in the Group 1 $350,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 7.
Weir sent the Melbourne Cup favourite back to his Warrnambool stables after a stunning first up victory in the Group 2 $220,000 Back To Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday week.
Puissance De Lune does a lot of beach work at Warrnambool and Weir said that the six year old was enjoying himself and has pulled up in great order following his PB Lawrence win.
“Everything seems to be well with the horse,” Weir told RSN.
“His legs are nice and cold and he is nice and bright in himself.”
Regular rider Glen Boss will travel to Ballarat for the Saturday morning workout before heading back to Caulfield for Memsie Stakes Day where he has seven rides on the eight card program including Australian Cup winner Super Cool in the Group 1 weight for age.
Boss has been aboard the grey import at his last four starts which have produced three wins and a dead heat with Budriguez in the Group 2 $220,000 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington at his only start in the Autumn.
After winning the Group 3 $250,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington last Spring in dominating style, Boss declared that Puissance De Lune would be the one to beat in this year’s Group 1 $6.2m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 5.
Weir chose the Makybe Diva stakes as Puissance De Lune’s next run over the Group 2 $300,000 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 14 and Boss is very excited about teaming up with the grey again at Flemington.
“I’m pretty confident going into the Makybe Diva in a couple of weeks time because he is so dynamic at Flemington,” Boss said.
“And I’m very confident he has got all the attributes to win a Cox Plate.”
As well as being the $6.50 favourite for the Melbourne Cup, the former European galloper is on the second line of Cox Plate betting with It’s A Dundeel at $7 behind the $6.50 favourite Atlantic Jewel.