JOCKEY Ben Melham will ride Puissance De Lune in the $3 million Cox Plate on Saturday after Glen Boss failed in his appeal against a 12-meeting suspension.
Boss was challenging the careless riding ban imposed for his ride on Silent Achiever in the Caulfield Cup last weekend. The Roger James-trained horse placed eighth.
But the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board today dismissed the challenge. Boss will be eligible to ride again on November 1, Victoria Derby Day.
Melham rode the horse for the first time early this morning at Warrnambool Racecourse.
He told The Standard Puissance De Lune was running in good order.
"He was really sharp this morning," Melham said.
"I was rapt with the way he worked."
Trainer Darren Weir said the morning training session was "the best piece of work he's done for the preparation".
"We're really looking forward to Saturday and hope he presents in a good order."