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Melbourne Cup 2013 favourite Puissance De Lune will follow a similar formula to the one that propelled Green Moon to Cup victory last year when he begins his autumn campaign in the Group 2 2013 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Green Moon showed that a light autumn campaign can be beneficial when targeting Australia’s biggest race.
The Lloyd Williams-owned import won the Blamey Stakes last year in what was his only autumn hit-out.
While Puissance De Lune may be given more than just the one autumn start, trainer Darren Weir has insisted the import will be kept to a light campaign.
The five-year-old turned heads and shot to the top of Melbourne Cup futures’ markets in the spring when winning the Bendigo Cup by eight lengths and the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes by five lengths.
The performances left leading jockey Glen Boss excited and he declared him one of the top contenders for the Melbourne Cup.
Weir is yet to determine where the son of Shamardal will head after the Blamey and will work out the program with owner Gerry Ryan following the weekend.
“The plan all along was to get him up for the Blamey, and Gerry will decide after that if he has another run, or two, or even go back to the paddock,” Weird told News Limited.
Puissance De Lune is one of 18 nominations for the Blamey Stakes which takes place as a key support race on the Newmarket Handicap day card.
Others nominated for the $220,000 event include Emirates Stakes runner-up Fawkner, former Melbourne Cup minor placegetter Maluckyday, veteran Group 1 winner Wall Street and Peter Moody-trained stayer Vatuvei.
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