It took until the second to last race of Flemington’s Melbourne Cup Week Carnival to render jockey Glen Boss speechless, but the performance of Puissance De Lune (IRE) in winning the $250,000, Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) was such that the leading jockey was in awe of the 5L dominating win.
Puissance De Lune canters home under Glen Boss, picture quentinjlang.com
But it was not before he declared the win the ‘performance of the year’ after he had simply cruised up the long Flemington straight riding hands and heels and spending more time looking around for the where the rest of the field was, than having to ride the Puissance De Lune, who is trained by Darren Weir at Ballarat.
For the record the field was a long way behind.
Boss had settled in second place behind Miss With Attitude and Jim Cassidy and then waited until they were in the main straight again.
He then sent the grey Puissance De Lune(54.5kg) forward and they were 3L ahead with ease passing the 200m, and they then went away for the win.
“That was just ridiculous, that was the performance of the year, the performance of the year,” he repeated.
“I do not think I have ridden a horse like that for a long time. I never let him go, he was running Newmarket splits. I am lost for words, I really am,” he said.
Glen Boss left speechless by Puissance De Lune, picture quentinjlang.com
Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria’s general manager of racing, was more circumspect and measured about the win, but he also pointed to potential for next spring.
“He won the Bendigo Cup very easily so we sort of served some notice in that performance. I thought going into this race that it was a strong renewal of the Queen Elizabeth,” he said.
“He was up on the pace, he was relaxed very well and his acceleration was very good.
“I would think he has run very quick sectionals so we will see what he does through the autumn. But if he can mature a little bit further, and continue to improve, he would be a very good chance in a race like the Caulfield Cup next year and perhaps the Melbourne Cup as well,” he said.
Ironstein (Zabeel) (56kg) and Brenton Avdulla were second with Tanby (Galileo) (56.5kg) and Hugh Bowman third, the margin 2 1/2L.
The time was 2.44.33 on the Dead 4 track with the final 600m in 34.50. Puissance De Lune paid $3.00 on TAB.com.au.
Puissance De Lune came to prominence after winning the listed Bendigo Cup over 2400m on October 31st in a new race record time and by 8L.
“We took him to Bendigo in really good order and ran a lot better than what we were expecting and he has brought that sort of form here today and won well again,” said Weir.
"He is a horse racing really well. I been involved in it (Melbourne Cup) with She’s Archie but I have not had one good enough since, but the dream might be alive again here.”
“It’s good to have a horse good enough to be heading that way and it’s terrific for everyone involved.”
“Gerry has been a great supporter of us for a long time so it’s good to have a nice 3horse for him,” he said.
Owner Gerry Ryan has already won a Melbourne Cup with the recently retired Americain (USA) in 2011 and, like Americain Puissance De Lune was purchased as a tried horse out of France for what Ryan said was $100,000.
Puissance De Lune, picture quentinjlang.com
Puissance de Lune is a five-year-old entire by Shamardal out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Princess Serena. This was his sixth win from 12 starts and with three second placings he has earned stakes of $394,195 with $300,000 of that from his last two races.
Race 8, picture TVN
Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes full result