PATIENCE and maturity were the keys to the impressive victory of Not A Single Cent in the $200,000 VRC Sires Produce Stakes at Flemington, according to his trainer Aaron Purcell.
Not A Single Cent defeated Seberate by half a length with Akkadian the same distance away in third place in the group two race over 1400 metres on Saturday.
Purcell, who took over training duties of Ciaron Maher’s horses following his six-month suspension, said Not A Single Cent had not been rushed in his short career.
“It was only Not A Single Cent’s second start and to win like that is a great result,” he said. “We never rushed him early because he’s a big strong colt. It would have been useless running him in the shorter two-year-old races.
“We just wanted to give him the extra time and it’s paid dividends. I’m pretty sure he’ll run out a strong 2000 metres in the spring.”
Purcell hinted Not A Single Cent might head to Sydney for his next start in the AJC Sires Produce.
Merchant Navy ran third for Purcell behind Redkirk Warrior and Brave Smash in the $1.25 million Newmarket Handicap down the Flemington straight and he was excited with the gallant effort of the boom colt.
“I’m really happy with Merchant Navy’s run,” he said.
“He was beaten by two top gallopers. We’ll take him home and see how he pulls up before planning his next run.”
Purcell hands training duties back to Maher on April 3.