Puissance de Lune will run his own race in the group 1 $400,000 Underwood Stakes, 1800m, at Caulfield on Saturday.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir said race plans for Puissance de Lune would not be influenced by the presence of champion unbeaten mare Atlantic Jewel.
“We’ll be doing our own thing,” Weir said.
Atlantic Jewel is odds-on to take her unbeaten winning sequence to 10 after drawing barrier seven in the 14-strong field.
Puissance de Lune, which drew gate 14, is second favourite.
Weir said the focus was on ensuring Puissance de Lune worked to the line strongly.
Not surprisingly Weir yesterday described the barrier as “not ideal”.
He said exactly how Puissance de Lune would be ridden would be determined after discussions with form analyst Dean Lester, who was a key adviser to owner Gerry Ryan.
“My gut feeling is that we’ll go back, get in and make sure his finishes on strong,” Weir said.
He said he was not concerned about Atlantic Jewel being in the field.
“We’d love to win (a group 1) along the way for a stud career.This is just a stepping stone (though),” Weir said.
The Melbourne Cup is the main objective of Puissance de Lune.
Weir and Ryan began hatching plans for the first Tuesday in November as early as last spring.
Weir said the French import was in good shape, having had a “great gallop” on the course proper at Warrnambool on Tuesday.
Puissance de Lune, has had two runs this preparation.
He resumed with an eye-catching win in the group 2 Lawrence stakes, 1400m, at Caulfield on August 17, and then was an unlucky second to Foreteller in the group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes, 1600m, at Flemington on September 7.