A long-range plan to win the Bendigo Cup came to fruition for trainer Darren Weir and owner Gerry Ryan on Wednesday when French import Puissance De Lune strolled to an eight-length victory in track record time.
The ghostly grey lobbed straight on the speed for Glen Boss and cruised into the home straight before sprinting well clear of his rivals to set a new benchmark for the 2400m course in 2.27.97, with Weir keen to run the horse during the Flemington carnival.
”We hoped he might have that sort of ability, we can look at a race at Flemington now,” he said.
The grey is now likely to tackle the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day at Flemington.Courtney to take reins at VRC
The VRC has announced that former Crown Casino chief executive David Courtney has been appointed as its new chief executive.
Courtney will take up the position after this year’s Melbourne Cup carnival and will drive the VRC’s ambitious growth plans for Flemington and its business operations.
Courtney was CEO of Crown Casino (2007-10); CEO of Perth’s Burswood Casino (2004-07); and CFO at Crown (1997-2004). He was born in Melbourne and educated at RMIT and Monash University, and was a partner at Ernst & Young in Melbourne before leaving to join Crown Casino in 1997.
”The VRC and Flemington have an established place in Australian culture and I am looking forward to playing my part in the ongoing development of this major entertainment venue and the events that take place here,” Courtney said.Dunaden firing, says Williams
Craig Williams needed to feel improvement in Caulfield Cup winner Dunaden at trackwork on Wednesday and after the pair completed the 1400m gallop there was no doubt in the jockey’s mind that his mount was on target.
”The way that he worked before the Caulfield Cup and the way that he improved today has me really confident going into the Melbourne Cup,” Williams said.
Williams was all smiles as he discussed Dunaden’s progress and does not believe that the one-kilogram penalty assigned to the horse following his Caulfield win is enough to stop him from defending his Melbourne Cup title.
”My feeling is that the weight is not going to stop him. I know mathematicians, figures, and history will say that it will, but my feeling is that as long as he has the right luck in running I’m very confident that he can win with that weight,” he said.
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