Purcell hopeful of Flemington success

HOPEFUL: Trainer Aaron Purcell ponders the chances of his horse Swacadelic in the Clarke Handicap at Flemington. Picture: Rob Gunstone
HOPEFUL: Trainer Aaron Purcell ponders the chances of his horse Swacadelic in the Clarke Handicap at Flemington. Picture: Rob Gunstone

TOUGH consistent stayer Swacadelic deserves another win following two unlucky runs, according to his trainer Aaron Purcell.

Swacadelic gets his chance to atone for a second placing in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington and fourth place in the Warrnambool Cup when the seven-year-old lines up in the $120,000 Trevor Clarke Handicap at Flemington on Saturday.

Purcell said his only concern regarding Swacadelic’s chances in the Clarke Handicap was the drop back in distance to 2500 metres compared with the 3200 metres of the Ramsden.

“I would have liked it if we were not dropping back in distance,” he said.

“Swacadelic is well weighed with the claim for apprentice jockey Ethan Brown.

“I thought we were unlucky not to have won the Ramsden.

“It was an excellent run on the back of a top performance in the Warrnambool Cup.

“He’s done a bit of beach work and we’ve schooled him over a few hurdles since the Ramsden.

“He’s freshened up well for the Clarke.”

The Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase-winning trainer also saddles up his talented jumper Two Hats in the Clarke Handicap.

Two Hats is being set for a start in the Lafferty Hurdle at Warrnambool on July 8.

“He’ll have the run in the Clarke and another flat run before the Lafferty,” Purcell said.

“There was six weeks between his last jumps start in the Australian Hurdle and the Lafferty so we needed to give him the two flat runs to have him ready for the Lafferty.”

Warrnambool trainers Matthew Williams, Peter Chow and Daniel Bowman all have runners on the nine-race Flemington card.

It is a busy weekend for Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable with runners at Flemington, Swan Hill and Doomben.