CHAMPION jockey Glen Boss believes Puissance de Lune’s trainer Darren Weir has got the right formula to have the six-year-old peaking for the Melbourne Cup in 11 weeks.
Boss guided Puissance de Lune to an emphatic first-up win in the $220,000 group 2 Peter Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Bookmakers slashed Puissance de Lune’s price to $5 for the Melbourne Cup and to $5.50 for the $3 million W.S. Cox Plate on October 26 after the impressive victory.
“I don’t have to tell Darren Weir how to train the horse to get him ready for the Melbourne Cup,” the three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey said.
“He knows what he’s doing with the horse and so does Mitch Freedman.
“It’s all about the Warrnambool beach, then race, the Warrnambool beach, then race, the Warrnambool beach, then race.
‘‘It’s not rocket science what they are doing.
‘‘They know how to train the horse.
‘‘The horse is thriving on a beach preparation.”
Freedman is overseeing the campaign of Puissance de Lune at Weir’s Warrnambool stables where the Irish-bred stallion is stabled in the countdown to spring.
Weir gave full credit to Freedman, Daniel Bowman and other Warrnambool staff following Saturday’s win.
“Mitch and Daniel and the rest of the staff at Warrnambool do great jobs,” the Ballarat trainer said.
‘‘I’ve got to give them all the credit.
“Mitch rides Puissance De Lune in all his work.
‘‘He really understands the horse and does a wonderful job.”
Victoria’s premier jockey said he thought Puissance de Lune may have his next run in the $300,000 group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 14 before tackling the $500,000 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on October 5, the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. “It’s best for Puissance de Lune to have a look around Moonee Valley before the Cox Plate, the best way to do that is to run him in the Chin Nam Stakes instead of floating him down from Warrnambool to the Valley for a bit of trackwork one morning,” Boss said.
“I’ve got no doubt Puissance de Lune will handle the Valley. All the good horses handle the Valley.
‘‘I rate him up there with the best horses that I have ridden.
‘‘He has the ability to run excellent sectionals and can be placed anywhere in the run.”
Puissance de Lune won his first Australian race at the 2012 Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.