PUISSANCE De Lune's spring prospects look even brighter than they previously did following a barnstorming first-up victory in this afternoon's group two PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
The Darren Weir-trained grey ($3.50 fav) rattled home from last down the home straight, clinching a comfortable victory over Ajeeb and Second Effort.
As a result, the six-year-old firmed from $6.50 to be the $5 favourite with the TAB for the Melbourne Cup and is now also the $5.50 Cox Plate favourite.
Jockey Glen Boss, who rode Puissance De Lune in the Bendigo Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes victories last spring and in the Blamey Stakes dead-heat in the autumn, was thrilled with the horse's return.
"I told everyone, besides that mare (Makybe Diva) and So You Think, he's right up there with the best horses I've ever ridden," Boss said.
"He's a genuine superstar."
Weir was also over the moon with the comeback, a week after his second placing in a jump-out in Ballarat.
"That was great," Weir said.
"(Boss) rode him well. The plan was to go back and be strong late. And the horse went great."
Puissance De Lune is now expected to run in the group one Memsie Stakes (1400m) in a fortnight.