Owners knock back $1.6M for Puissance de Lune Colt
One of Australia’s most exciting three-year-olds will remain in Australia after his owners knocked back a $1.6 million overseas offers for their untapped colt.
Heart Of Puissance has been the subject of multiple seven-figure offers since the Sandown Guineas, but his owners have elected not to sell.
A $40,000 buy at last year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, the son of Puissance de Lune is raced predominantly by owners with small percentages or syndicates and co-trainer Ciaron Maher backed their decision not to sell.
“There were some offers floating around but probably not enough for where he’s at,” Maher said on Wednesday morning.
“I’ve sold horses in the past for more than the offers (for him) and I think he’s probably got similar or more ability.
Heart Of Puissance has raced just three times for wins at his first two starts before a meritorious third in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), when beaten just half a length.
His first major target next campaign is likely to be the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington on February 29 with the main aim to maximise his appeal as a potential stud prospect.
“He just finished his spell and returned to work this week,” Maher said.
“He’ll probably go to the Australian Guineas and then up to Sydney. There’s a couple of Guineas up there
“He looks like he’ll stretch out (in distance), but obviously if he can win over shorter it makes him more valuable.”