WARRNAMBOOL-trained galloper Puissance De Lune is out of the $6 million Melbourne Cup.
Owner Gerry Ryan has confirmed connections would scratch the French import after a disappointing run in the $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
The racing future of the Puissance De Lune, trained by Darren Weir, will be decided in Ballarat today when vets conduct an inspection.
Weir transferred the stallion from his Warrnambool satellite stable to his Ballarat operation following the 10-length defeat to Shamus Award in the group 1 classic.
Racing Victoria stewards reported on Saturday Puissance De Lune pulled up lame in the near foreleg after what Weir said was a disappointing run in the 2040-metre race.
“He went terrible,” Weir said.
‘‘It was a shocking run.
‘‘There has to be something wrong with him to run like that.
“We’ll take him back to Ballarat and let our vets have a look at him to work out what the problem might be.”
Weir said connections would “be looking after the horse’s best interests first”.
Jockey Ben Melham, who secured the ride on Puissance De Lune after Glen Boss was suspended, said the horse never let down at any stage of the race.
“He had a good run throughout but he never fired,” Melham said.
‘‘He just never let down.
“He just never fired a shot for whatever reason.
‘‘It was not a normal run by his standards.”
Warrnambool’s Mitch Freedman, who oversaw Puissance De Lune’s campaign for the last year, was disappointed with the run.
“It was a very disappointing effort,” he said.
‘‘We gave it a good shot but it just never worked out.
“It was the worse run in his career for us so you would think there had to be a problem or issue.”
Puissance De Lune was put up as the 2013 Melbourne Cup favourite a few days after last year’s race when he won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
But he drifted from $8 second-favourite to $21 in some markets after the Cox Plate failure.
Puissance De Lune has won eight races from 18 starts.