MELBOURNE Cup favourite Puissance De Lune returned to work at trainer Darren Weir’s Warrnambool base yesterday ahead of an autumn assault.
The striking grey entire has been spelling at owner Gerry Ryan’s stud farm at Nagambie for the past month following his stunning win in the group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, 2600m, on November 10.
Puissance De Lune, a clear-cut $7.50 favourite for next year’s Cup with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au, is currently being targeted at the group 2 Blamey Stakes, 1600m, at Flemington on March 9. A run in the group 3 Easter Cup, 2000m, at Caulfield on March 30 could then be the horse’s next assignment.
Weir told The Courier that all was well with the horse, who will have about three months of work before his first-up run.
“He’s been in a beautiful spelling place and the horse has had a nice break. He’s had four weeks in the paddock there and had a great break out of the system,” Weir said.
“He’s relaxed well and is going to come back to work in a good frame of mind.”
Following his autumn campaign, Puissance De Lune will be spelled and brought back for a tilt at the spring features, including a likely crack at the Melbourne Cup.