Middle-distance galloper Puissance de Lune is set to run outside of Melbourne for the first time since relocating to Australia from France in 2012 with plans to run in both Sydney and Brisbane during the upcoming autumn and winter carnivals.
Puissance de Lune remains without a Group One victory although the six-year-old did manage to place in both the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) during the spring. The gelding pulled up very sore following the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 4, in which he finished fourth, and missed the remainder of the spring.
The gelding’s connections have decided to travel to Brisbane in search of the elusive Group One victory considering the tracks are generally softer due to a higher chance of rain.
Trainer Darren Weir revealed that Puissance de Lune had returned to racing on the weekend, commencing a preparation that will likely aim the gelding towards the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9.
“He’s back in (work), he’s only just recently back in, and he’ll probably head to Brisbane for the softer tracks,” Weir told Racing Victoria.
“Something like a Doomben Cup, that’s hopefully the aim with him.”
It is likely the gelding will begin his autumn preparation in Sydney next year, possibly by-passing Melbourne entirely.
Puissance de Lune’s last three starts were all on Good 3-rated tracks, which Weir is keen to avoid in upcoming runs.
“I’ll have a chat to Peter (Ellis, race programming consultant) but it will probably something up in Sydney on the way up to Brisbane,” Weir said.
Six-year-old Puissance de Lune began his career in France during 2011 with four runs however he quickly made a home for himself in Melbourne after winning his first two outings in May 2012. He has since gone on to win the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m), Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m), and Group 2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m).
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