Out of action since injuring a tendon during the running of the 2013 Group 1 Cox Plate last October, trainer Darren Weir is confident talented stayer Puissance De Lune is on track to return for the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on August 16th.
A notable performer over the entire 2013 racing calendar, Puissance De Lune claimed early favouritism for the Melbourne Cup on the back of victories in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m), last year’s edition of the PB Lawrence and unlucky runners-up tags in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Having now completed two positive exhibition gallops and reportedly taken well to work, jockey Brad Rawiller told TVN he believes Puissance De Lune is a picture of health and is excited by the prospects of the Spring Racing Carnival.
“He went terrific, he was great in himself, it was a good strong gallop, it is what Darren was after,” Rawiller said.
“I can’t be happier, he has had a nice blow when he has pulled up but that will sharpen him up.
“When he first went on to the track, I thought he was going to show some of his bull qualities but as soon as we went 100m on to the track he was good as gold, that is a good sign this early on in the preparation.
“It is going to be a long road ahead but he is ticking along well now.”
Claiming a total of eight wins and five minor places from just 18 competitive race starts to date, Puissance De Lune began his racing career in Europe before transferring to the care of Weir at the beginning of 2012.
Bursting onto the Australian racing scene in his first preparation under Weir, the stallion out of Princess Serena beat a talented field to win the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (2038m); continuing to build in form and class on his way to back-to-back triumphs in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m).
Yet to be confirmed for any major race through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, Puissance De Lune is currently available at generous odds of $34 for success in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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