MELBOURNE Cup favourite Puissance de Lune will have his next start in the $350,000 Makybe Diva Stakes, 1600m, at Flemington on September 7.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir yesterday confirmed the group 1 event as the grey’s second-up assignment.
It will be Puissance de Lune’s first outing in group 1 company.
He has won his past four starts in group 2 (twice), group 3 and listed races, the latest being the group 2 Lawrence Stakes, 1400m, at Caulfield on August 17.
Weir has chosen the Makybe Stakes ahead of the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, 1600m, at Moonee Valley on September 14 – a run which would have given Puissance de Lune race experience in readiness for the WS Cox Plate.
Weir said there would be plenty of time for the six-year-old to get a look at MV - possibly an exhibition gallop.
Weir announced plans for Puissance de Lune as he celebrated his first Melbourne metropolitan treble.
He has previous had three wins in a day in Adelaide, but MV on Saturday provided a career first as he continued a flying start to the new season.
Broken ($13) spearheaded the treble in the listed $120,000 Carlyon Stakes, 1000m – his second consecutive win in the feature event.
He landed the money last year after reaping the benefit of protest.
Another of the Weir team trained on the beach at Warrnambool, Broken followed up victory in the group 3 Auries’s Star Handicap, 1200m, at Flemington on August 10.
The seven-year-old now has $540,000 in stakes from nine wins and 14 minor placings in 35 starts.
Weir’s other winners were the versatile Gotta Take Care ($5.50) in the Adapt Australia Handicap, 2500m, and Clang And Bang ($9) in the Chandler Macleod Handicap, 2040m.
Weir, who also had a winner sat Donald on Saturday, now leads the metropolitan trainers’ premiership with eight wins, one more than Peter Moody.