WARRNAMBOOL trainer Aaron Purcelll is upbeat about the chances of winning another country cup with his veteran galloper Patch Adams when he lines up in the $60,000 Hamilton Cup on Wednesday.
Patch Adams' fast-finishing third in the Coleraine Cup at his last outing has the eight-year-old ready to add the Hamilton Cup to his cup victories at Colac (2017), Casterton (2018), Mount Gambier (2019) and Apsley (2020), according to Purcell.
"I thought his effort to run third at Coleraine was excellent," Purcell said. "He's a back-maker and the tight turning track at Coleraine never helped his chances but he still finished off the race strongly.
"He's going to get a better chance in the Hamilton Cup. Patch Adams will appreciate the big wide track at Hamilton.
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"I'm confident he should be hitting the line hard at end of 2200 metres and he loves soft tracks which we should have after all the rain last week."
Underrated jockey Jack Hill, who has rode Patch Adams to his Colac Cup win in 2017, has the ride on Wednesday.
"Jack's got a good understanding of Patch Adams," the multiple group one-winning trainer told The Standard.
"He rode him last time in the Coleraine Cup. He can be a funny horse to ride but Jack knows what he's like.
"I can't fault the condition of Patch Adams. He worked solidly on the training track at Warrnambool last week."
From his 70 starts Patch Adams has won six races.
The Hamilton Cup was to run last Saturday but more then 50 millimetres of rain late last week forced Racing Victoria stewards to transfer the meeting to Wednesday.
A capacity field of 14 runners should face the starter in the other feature the $100,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series heat three over 1400 metres.
The winner of the race gains a start in a $500,000 event at Flemington on Oaks Day.
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