Puissance De Lune was far too good for the rest of the field when winning the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington Racecourse last Saturday November 10, 2012.
The four-year-old won the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes by five lengths in front of Ironstein, who finished second, and Tanby, who passed the post in third.
Puissance De Lune has now won five of his eight race starts and has earned more than$370,000 in prize money during his short horse racing career.
His 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes has already propelled him into being the early betting favourite for the 2013 Melbourne Cup, where he is paying odds of $8.
Trainer Darren Weir is now focusing all his attention on making it to the $6 million Cup.
“We could not have imagined he would do what he has done,” Weir said.
“At his last two starts he has been an amazingly super fit horse and super sound.
“It is hard to get both of these things right.
“We just hope this time next year we can get him in the same order.”
Puissance De Lune will now have just two race starts in the autumn carnival, appearing in the Blamey Stakes and the Easter Cup in March.
He will then be spelled prior to a Melbourne Cup campaign during the spring racing carnival.
Owner Gerry Ryan is confident that the horse will have no problem making the 24 horse field for the 2013 Melbourne Cup.
“He has passed all the ballot conditions and we expect he now would get 53kg from (handicapper) Greg Carpenter,” Ryan said.
“We will have to make sure that we avoid races that will get him a penalty – and just hope he comes back from his spell in the same form.”
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2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Race Results
|1||11||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||–||7||54.5kg||$3F|
|2||7||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||5L||9||56kg||$26|
|3||5||TANBY||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||7.5L||4||56.5kg||$21|
|4||12||DARE TO DREAM (IRE)||Bart Cummings||Damien Oliver||8.5L||12||54.5kg||$7.50|
|5||1||LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Kerrin McEvoy||9.25L||8||58kg||$16|
|6||8||LIGHTINTHENITE||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||10.5L||2||55kg||$21|
|7||2||SHAHWARDI (FR)||Alain de Royer Dupre||Michael Rodd||11L||5||58kg||$5|
|8||3||MOUDRE||Ciaron Maher||Steven Arnold||11.2L||3||57.5kg||$41|
|9||4||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Ben Melham||11.4L||1||56.5kg||$11|
|10||9||VATUVEI||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||11.9L||11||55kg||$15|
|11||13||STREAKY FELLA||Aaron Purcell||Dwayne Dunn||12.65L||10||54.5kg||$101|
|12||14||MISS WITH ATTITUDE||Mick Price||Jim Cassidy||14.4L||13||54.5kg||$151|
|13||10||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||39.4L||14||54.5kg||$18|
|FF||6||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||–||6||56.5kg||$31|