JOCKEY Glen Boss remains confident Puissance de Lune can win the Melbourne Cup despite getting more weight than he had hoped for.
Puissance de Lune yesterday received 54.5 kilograms for the Cup.
“I thought it would be less,” Boss said at the announcement of the weights.
“I’d hoped for 53.5 and I thought he’d probably get 54.
“But he’s good enough to win it with that weight.”
The Darren Weir-trained Puissance de Lune remains favourite for the Melbourne Cup, despite lowering his colours to Foreteller in the group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 7.
Most of the major firms report heavy backing for Puissance De Lune, with around 20 per cent of all money bet on the Cup for the import French galloper.
TAB Sportsbet spokesman Adam Hamilton said price assessors were inclined to ease Puissance De Lune from the $5.50 quoted before the release of handicaps, but the weight of money prevented any generosity.
“We’ve taken a long list of bets on Puissance De Lune and it’s getting longer,” he said.
Chief handicapper Greg Carpenter honoured the 2011 Melbourne Cup champion Dunaden with the topweight of 58.5kg, 4kg more than he carried in his win and 0.5kg less from a year ago when he started favourite and finished 14th to Green Moon.
Red Cadeaux, the runner-up in 2011 and eighth last year, has 56.5kg.
Ballarat’s other Melbourne Cup nominations:
Tuscan Fire (Dan O’Sullivan) 51.5kg, Bachelor Royal (Andrew Payne) 50kg, Dandino (Marco Botto, and Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned English galloper) 54.5kg.