THE hit-out which proved successful for Puissance De Lune’s breathtaking first-up victory took place again in Ballarat on Saturday morning.
Champion jockey Glen Boss flew to Dowling Forest Racecourse to ride the Melbourne Cup favourite in a jump-out, a week out from his assignment in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
The striking grey disposed of three rivals, including talented stablemates Hurdy Gurdy Man and King Buddy in a nother pleasing performance.
“He was just there to have a gallop because he just needed to do something. He went well,” Ballarat trainer Darren Weir said.
Boss, who put the horse through his paces in a similar jump-out a week before his win in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 17, was full of praise for the six-year-old on Twitter.
“Just trialled, Big Grey. ALL GOOD. He looks and felt amazing,” he tweeted.
“A big thanks to Ballarat Turf Club. Very much appreciated re. course proper trial.”
Puissance De Lune is the $5 favourite for the Melbourne Cup with the TAB and is now the third elect for the Cox Plate at $7 behind stunning weekend winner Atlantic Jewel, who is the $3 favourite.