AARON Purcell is buoyant about Chaparral Belle's hopes in a $23,000 two-year-old race over 1400 metres at Warrnambool on Friday, after an impressive track gallop at Camperdown on Thursday.
Chaparral Belle worked with a more seasoned stablemate in the 1000-metre gallop and the work pleased the Warrnambool-based trainer.
"It's her first start but I was very happy with her work on Tuesday," Purcell said.
"Her work was very strong going into her first start in a maiden. Her stablemate is an older class horse with a bit of ability.
"I'm confident Chaparral Belle will derive plenty out of her debut run. We have not rushed her. We've given her a bit of time to find her feet.
"Linda Meech has the ride which is a real bonus. The 1400 metres may be a bit of a question mark for her debut run but going forward she should run out a strong 2000 metres."
Substantial, Exit Stage Left, Memory Lane and Harvard are Purcell's other runners on the eight-race program.
Warrnambool Racing Club track manager Daniel Lumsden said the track should be rated a good four for the opening race, which starts at 2.30pm.
"We've had 16 millilitres of rain early in the week and we put four millilitres of irrigation on Thursday afternoon," Lumsden said.
"The irrigation will ensure the rating will be a good four for the first race."
The last race is scheduled to start at 6.10pm.
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