MELBOURNE Cup favourite Puissance de Lune will have his next start in the $350,000 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 7.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir yesterday confirmed the grey would race in the 1600m group one event.
It will be Puissance de Lune’s first outing in group one company.
He has won his past four starts in group two (twice), group three and listed races, the latest being the group two 1400m Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield on August 17.
Weir has chosen the Makybe Diva Stakes ahead of the 1600m Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 14, a run which would have given Puissance de Lune race experience in readiness for the Cox Plate.
Weir said there would be plenty of time for the six-year-old to get a look at Moonee Valley, possibly an exhibition gallop.
Weir announced plans for Puissance de Lune as he celebrated his first Melbourne metropolitan treble.
He has previously had three wins in a day in Adelaide, but Moonee Valley 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, his second consecutive win in the 1000m feature event. Another of the Weir team, trained on the beach at Warrnambool, Broken followed up victory in the group three 1200m Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington on August 10.
Weir’s other winners were the versatile Gotta Take Care ($5.50) in the 2500m Adapt Australia Handicap and Clang And Bang ($9) in the 2040m Chandler Macleod Handicap.