HIGH-profile racehorse owner Gerry Ryan is hoping his imported stallion Puissance de Lune will take the next step towards a Bendigo Cup start when he runs in the $50,000 Nifty’s Fabulous Fifty handicap over 2200 metres at Warrnambool today.
Ryan, who is a senior part-owner of 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, may not be on track today as he prepares to see his champion stayer run in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup on Saturday.
Puissance de Lune’s trainer Darren Weir said the $250,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup, to be run over 2400 metres next Wednesday, had been on the agenda for the five-year-old since May.
“Gerry is the major sponsor of Bendigo Cup Day. He asked me back in May to get a horse ready to run in the Bendigo Cup,” he said.
“Puissance de Lune won a restricted race at this year’s Warrnambool May carnival and we thought he would be an ideal horse for the Bendigo Cup. Tomorrow’s race at Warrnambool is the ideal stepping stone for him to run in the Bendigo Cup. The 2200 metres of tomorrow’s race will suit him and so will the big roomy track at Warrnambool.”
The respected trainer said Puissance de Lune had done a lot of his preparation for this campaign in Warrnambool.
“We’ve done a lot of beach work with Puissance de Lune down at the Warrnambool beach and in the sand dunes,” Weir said.
“He seems to have thrived on that sort of a preparation.
“He’s had two runs back in work for a fifth placing and a win. He’s feeling really good. He should be hard to beat but, in saying that, he has not beaten much in his three wins in Australia. Tomorrow looks a tougher race.”
Puissance de Lune had four starts in France for a win and two second placings before being bought by Ryan.