AARON Purcell rates Double Bluff over his stablemate Khezerabad as his best chance to win a $135,000 race at Flemington on Saturday.
Purcell saddles up the stablemates in a seven horse field which also includes One For Later, trained by fellow Warrnambool trainer Alan Peterson in the 2500-metre race.
“It’s a very even field,” the group one winning trainer said.
“It’s one of those races where all the runners have a chance. I was very happy with Double Bluff’s trackwork when we took him to Hamilton for his final hit-out on Monday.
“He had a jump-out over 1000 metres and his work was solid.
“We’ve only had him for a few months and are still working a few things out. He’s rock hard fit and I think he’ll be suited to the big roomy Flemington track and the 2500 metres. His long term aim is a jumping career it would be nice if he could win a flat race in this campaign.”
Purcell said he’s undecided if Khezerabad will go down a jumping path in the winter.
“The Flemington race is not Khezerabad’s grand final,” he said.
“He may be a rough place chance. It’s only his third run in from a spell there’s till improvement in him. We’ll just take him along slowly I’m not sure we’ll jump him. The jury is still out on that subject at this stage.”
Symon Wilde, Matthew Williams, Ciaron Maher and Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable all have runners at Flemington.