Puissance de Lune completed a plan six months in making when he provided race sponsor and hometown boy Gerry Ryan with victory in today’s Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m).
Ryan and trainer Darren Weir set their sights on the $250,000 Listed event after the import won first-up at the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival at his Australian debut.
The grey, who Ryan purchased on the advice of esteemed bloodstock agent Rob Roulston, carried out his end of the bargain with an eight-length demolition job in one of the most dominant wins in the history of one of Australia’s richest regional features.
“At Warrnambool we saw what we wanted to see and it was onwards and upwards from there,” Weir said.
“This is good for Gerry, he’s been a huge supporter of the stable for a long time. Him and Rob bought the horse and they said to try and get him ready for the Bendigo Cup. Normally things don’t go right, but today it did.
Puissance de Lune made it four wins from seven starts in his adopted homeland after relishing an on-pace ride from Glen Boss, who celebrated further feature success just four days after his Cox Plate win aboard Ocean Park.
Boss rode the five-year-old forward from the outside barrier in the 12-horse field and did surprisingly little work to find the spot outside leader Fiumicino.
The champion jockey was allowed to bide his time until just before straightening and when he asked Puissance de Lune to quicken he put the race beyond doubt.
The son of Shamardal, who started the $3.40 favourite, careered away to defeat $3.70 second elect Practiced, who edged out Fiumicino ($9) for second place.
Boss, who only gained the ride after Brad Rawiller was suspended for causing interference when beaten aboard Puissance de Lune at his previous outing, said he knew well before straightening that he was on the horse to beat.
“I never asked him for anything until we got to about the 600 and as soon as I clicked him up he came straight up on the bridle and I thought, ‘well it’s all over now because he’s done no work’,” Boss said.
While it was mission accomplished, Weir said Puissance de Lune will now most likely head to the $250,000 Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“Today was going to decide whether we push on to the Queen Elizabeth or not,” the Ballarat trainer said. “I was a little bit worried about whether he’d run a trip or not but he ran it out well today so I dare say we’ll be heading that way.”