MELBOURNE Cup favourite Puissance De Lune is ready to explode in the $500,000 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington today, according to champion jockey Glen Boss.
Boss, who has partnered Puissance De Lune for his three runs in this campaign, rode the six-year-old stallion to impressive wins in last year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Bendigo Cup.
“I’m sure his run in the Underwood Stakes two weeks ago has really topped him off,” the three-time Melboune Cup-winning jockey said.
“He had a gallop the other morning at Warrnambool and the reports have been positive from the stable after that gallop. I reckon he’ll be on top of his game in the Turnbull. His run in the Underwood was better than it looked on paper.
“There was no pace in the Underwood so it was always going to be difficult for him to run into the race.”
Mitch Freedman, who oversees the training of Puissance De Lune for trainer Darren Weir at his Warrnambool satellite stable, said the French-bred stallion was primed to run well in the group 1 race.
“He’s right for the Turnbull,” Freedman said.
“We galloped him on the course proper at Warrnambool on Tuesday morning with a horse from Jarrod McLean’s stable over 1400 metres and he went really well.
“He’s really tightened up over the past few weeks. Puissance De Lune is right near his peak. We can’t fault him.
“It was useless getting him to peak six weeks ago when our main aim is the Melbourne Cup,” he said.
“He’ll be spot-on for that race. He’s come along in leaps and bounds over the past fortnight.”
Freedman said Puissance De Lune rounded off his work in the sand dunes on Thursday before working on Warrnambool’s Lady Bay beach yesterday morning.
Weir’s top mares Platelet and Lake Sententia, which are running at Flemington today, have also done their spring preparation in Warrnambool with Freedman and Daniel Bowman.
“It’s been a really exciting time with horses like Puissance De Lune, Platelet and Lake Sententia being stabled in Warrnambool,” Freedman said.
“They are all top horses and will be competitive in whatever races they are to run in during the spring.
“It’s been a wonderful experience for Weir’s staff here including Daniel Bowman, Tyson Kermond, Michael Nash, Maddie Raymond and myself to be given the responsibility of looking after top class horses.”
Puissance De Lune is a $4.40 chance with the TAB for the Turnbull and is $6 favourite for the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup on November 5.