Small 2013 Blamey Stakes Field Features Puissance De Lune

Early 2013 Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune is the standout galloper in a nine-horse field for Saturday’s Group 2 2013 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Puissance De Lune heads a small but quality Blamey Stakes field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Darren Weir-trained import has drawn the inside barrier for his first-up test where he will be ridden by Glen Boss.

Boss was enthusiastic when singing the entire’s praises during the spring after partnering him to huge wins in the Bendigo Cup and the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

After winning by eight lengths in Bendigo, Puissance De Lune got many excited about his Melbourne Cup chances when he put paid to his Queen Elizabeth Stakes rivals by five lengths.

Chasing a third consecutive victory is Mick Price’s emerging gelding Dany The Fox who will jump from the outside barrier.

The four-year-old was last seen winning the Kilmore Cup on February 24 and has impressed with six wins from 13 starts to begin his career.

Stablemate and fellow four-year-old Callanish will back up just seven days after finishing third in the Listed TAB Stakes.

The Fastnet Rock gelding won the first eight starts of his career before the streak ended when he finished eighth in Group 1 company in the CF Orr Stakes.

Also in good form is David Jolly-trained gelding Budriguez who put together back-to-back victories before running third in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes.

Veteran Michael Moroney-trained gelding Wall Street has shown he still has plenty left to give with a fourth-place finish in the CF Orr Stakes and a second in the Kilmore Cup.

Other horses contesting the Blamey Stakes include 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday, Peter Moody-trained stayer Vatuvei and Guy Walter’s Willy Jimmy.

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Blamey Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 114x51211x PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir Glen Boss 1 59kg 105
2 260×685113 BUDRIGUEZ David Jolly Craig Williams 3 58kg 104
3 110x57x47x MUTUAL TRUST (GB) Sam Pritchard-Gordon Noel Callow 8 58kg 100
4 25x03810x7 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6 58kg 99
5 87x21x1211 DANY THE FOX (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 9 58kg 97
6 x111111x83 CALLANISH (NZ) Mick Price Dale Smith 5 57kg 100
7 0x7x358x42 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney Steven Arnold 7 55kg 107
8 x8x80250x5 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2 55kg 106
9 14x542x404 WILLY JIMMY Guy Walter Nicholas Hall 4 55kg 99