Sign of the times at Limerick Lane

Gerry Ryan isn’t marking time while Puissance De Lune is on the easy list.

The Limerick Lane owner landed another winner on Boxing Day with Irish import Signoff at Geelong.  He joins recent Limerick Lane-bred winners Daybreak (Elvstroem) and Native Land (War Pass).

Signoff (4g Authorized – Miss Hepburn by Gone West) backed off a quick pace set by Bank Notes in the Pittard Training Group Hcp (1512m) yesterday.  Jockey Jake Noonan bided his time on the Irish-bred galloper and, once mobile, rounded up the leaders to score with plenty in hand.

It was a similar win to his successful debut at Terang on December 9.

Ryan bought Signoff as a yearling for 75,000 guineas (AUD 124,375) at the Tattersalls yearling sale in October 2011.  His older brother Tamarrud won on debut at Lingfield and started the current Dubai season with a Meydan victory last month.

By Darley sire Authorized (Montjeu), he is from a daughter of G3 Goodwood Prestige Stakes winner Circle Of Gold (Royal Academy).

Puissance De Lune (Shamardal) is also by a Darley sire and has been off the scene since injuring an off-fore tendon in the Cox Plate.  A decision on the six year-old’s immediate future will be made in the next few weeks.

He has been spelling at Limerick Lane in Nagambie and will return to Darren Weir’s stable in the New Year.  Scans will determine whether he is prepared for the spring carnival or is retired to stud.

Ryan already stands Americain at Swettenham Stud in partnership with Kevin Bamford.

Puissance De Lune was an early favourite to emulate Americain in the 2013 Melbourne Cup.  He was narrowly beaten in the G1 Turnbull Stakes and G1 Makybe Diva Stakes before injury intervened.

– Karl Patterson