The Peter Moody trained Thy
resumed at Caulfield on Saturday 17
August, 2013 and was certainly not expected to figure in the finish
of the race, with a starting price of $21.00 (top fluctuation
$31.00). She ended up coming from well back over the unsuitable
1200m trip, to win running away by a length. Puissance De Lune also
resumed at the same race meeting and with some major spring targets
in mind, has dominated post-race analysis and media coverage. We
add something 'more…' to the Puissance De
Lune analysis, at the end of this article.
Let's have a look at the full card of race results available as
part of a Sectional Pro
The above table contains 200m increment split and sectional time
information, along with benchmark data for the winner of each race.
To enable a straight comparison of the various races (regardless of
class or distance) the default view shows 'All Ave Benchmarks' and
we can see that the best 'overall' (Fin) performance was recorded
in race 1 (15 lengths better than the worst, which was race 5),
whereas the best L600m performance considering all race winners on
the day, was recorded by Thy in race 7 (-ve 12.7 lengths).
We can also look at the last 5 race starts for Thy (see table
below) and see that her L600m benchmark was the best she has
recorded to date. Also noteworthy; this is the first time she has
returned the fastest L200m in a race. It is true that a slow early
pace has enabled her to save energy and assisted in the setting of
a career best L600m benchmark etc, but given the unsuitable sprint
race distance (1200m, as opposed to an ideal 1600m to 2400m), we
believe her performance may be an indication she is in for an
unusually good preparation.
'More….' on Puissance De Lune
Our own preference (when looking at races in isolation) is to
look at race pace and performance in terms of what would be
expected for the 'class' of race. This is one area where we can add
something 'more' to the analysis which has already been published
on the merits of the return by Puissance De Lune.
By looking at the full race results for race 6 using Sectional Pro form
('Cls Bmark Var L' is the default setting for this particular
view), we can see that Puissance De
Lune went out 1.3 lengths slow to the 600m point and got
home the last 600m 0.8 lengths slower than would be expected for a
Group 2 race (resulting in an overall benchmark of: slow by 2.1
lengths). Of course, we should keep in mind that this was also
first-up over what might be considered an unsuitable 1400m trip,
given the remaining spring 'staying' race targets for this
galloper. Certainly, at least a 'pass mark', and probably
indicative of a carefully planned and well executed
We will be continuing to follow Puissance De Lune's spring campaign
from the perpective of his sectional times.