Group 2 Double For Weekend

 The recent ‘Labour Day’ weekend proved a real highlight for trainer Darren Weir when he produced two Group 2 winners – Puissance De Lune at Flemington and exciting three-year-old filly Lonhspresso in Adelaide. Current 2013 Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune came from an impossible position 150m out, to storm home to dead heat with tough Adelaide galloper Budriguez in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m). Following the win, Champion jockey Glen Boss commented “He’s come back looking identical to when he left, that’s the least of his distance he’ll be competitive at, you wait till he gets up over a trip.” One of Australia’s most exciting ‘talk about’ horses since jockey Boss declared him as a potential Melbourne Cup winner, the imported son of Shamardal will now be immediately spelled with the ‘race that stops the nation’ his major target in the spring. A win would give leading owner Gerry Ryan his second Cup in four years, following on from Americain’s victory in 2010.

Weiry completed his Group 2 double on the Monday when three-year-old filly Lonhspresso proved too strong for her opposition in the $250,000 Group 2 Centrebet Classic at Morphettville. Brilliantly ridden by Ben Melham, the daughter of Lonhro proved too strong for Essay Raider and Shamal Wind. Raced in partnership by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and Bungan Street Thoroughbreds, she made it a hat trick of wins after a soft Maiden win at Ballarat before easily acoounting for her opposition at Sandown. She will also be spelled in preparation for a spring campaign.

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