PATCH Adams made amends for an unlucky second placing in the Casterton Cup last month with a gutsy victory over Tough Vic and Declares War in the Apsley Cup at Casterton on Saturday.
The Apsley Cup, which is normally run at Edenhope, was transferred to Casterton as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Warrnambool trainer Aaron Purcell said Patch Adams, ridden by Dean Yendall, deserved the victory after his Casterton Cup effort.
"I thought he was really unlucky in the Casterton Cup," Purcell said.
I thought he had to be hard to beat in the Apsley Cup. It was only his fourth start for us.Aaron Purcell
"He got caught up in a bit of a scrimmage last time and before he got going the race was over but he hit the line hard.
"I thought he had to be hard to beat in the Apsley Cup. It was only his fourth start for us.
"Terry O'Sullivan used to train Patch Adams we took over the training of the horse after Terry was outed. I haven't got any big plans for Patch Adams.
"We'll sit down over the next few days and we'll work out a program of races for Patch Adams.
"He's a good wet tracker so we should have a bit of fun with him over the winter months."
Patch Adams won the 2018 Casterton Cup before going on to win the 2019 Mount Gambier Cup in December last year.
Saturday's victory took the prizemoney for the seven-year-old to more than $370,000 from his 65-start career.
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