DARREN Weir’s Warrnambool foreman Mitch Freedman believes Puissance De Lune will be at his peak for the $3 million W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 26 after his narrow defeat in the Turnbull Stakes on Saturday.
Freedman, who oversees the training of Puissance De Lune at Weir’s Warrnambool stable, said the six-year-old stallion had pulled up well from his effort in the $500,000 group one race at Flemington.
“He had a tough run,” Freedman said.
‘‘We took him down to the beach on Sunday morning for a bit of a trot and a wade in the shallows
‘‘He seems to have pulled up well.”
Freedman said Saturday’s run would be beneficial.
‘‘We would have loved to win the Turnbull but he was narrowly beaten
“When you run at the elite level there is not much between the top horses.
‘‘Luck plays a big part in the results.
‘‘We’ll just keep on working him down at the beach and in the sand dunes to have him right for the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup.”
Bookmakers turned out the price of Puissance De Lune for the $6.2 Melbourne Cup from 5/1 to 7/1 on the strength of his short neck defeat in the Turnbull Stakes by Happy Trails. They also moved out his price in the Cox Plate to $7.
Weir, who is still trying to win a group 1 race with the French-bred stallion said the Flemington surface on Saturday was too hard for Puissance De Lune.
“The track dried out quickly with the strong wind,” the Ballarat-based trainer said.
‘‘I’m hopeful that the Moonee Valley circuit will have a bit of give in it for the Cox Plate
“Our main goals for the spring had been the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup. They are our two grand finals and they are there now.
‘‘His effort in the Turnbull was very good but it’s always better when you win, especially the feature races.”
Puissance De Lune took his prizemoney earnings to more than $776,000 with the second stake money cheque of $90,000 in the Turnbull.