A slashing final furlong from Puissance De Lune at Flemington on Saturday has confirmed the exciting stayer as the Melbourne Cup favourite.
But it wasn’t quite enough to win the Group Two Blamey Stakes outright.
In a thrilling finish to the 1600m event at Flemington, Puissance De Lune flew late after being held up early in the straight and was locked together with Budriguez on the line.
Regardless of the result, three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss and trainer Darren Weir got what they wanted from Puissance De Lune’s return.
Boss declared the stayer a future Melbourne Cup winner last spring and wasn’t backing down from his comments.
“How could you possibly,” Boss said.
“That’s the least of the distances that he’ll be competitive at. Just wait until he gets over a trip.”
Boss said Puissance De Lune “backed up what I thought he could do” in a cameo autumn appearance, although Weir said he would sit down with owner Gerry Ryan next week to discuss the horse’s options.
“It would have been great to win but that’s as good as winning,” Weir said.
“We were more than happy to see him come back and charge to the line like he did.”