Purcell Doubling Up With Valley Runners

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Trainer says he will be disappointed if he can't win a flat race with new jumping prospect Double Bluff.

However Purcell doubts that will come as early as Saturday's Events @ The Valley Handicap with the trainer believing the 2040m may be too short.

Purcell is eyeing a 2500m race at next month and if Double Bluff's form warrants it, a third start in the Cup at in March.

Double Bluff ran second in the 2017 and fourth this year when trained by .

The gelding has already shown Purcell he is an athletic jumper and the trainer is planning an assault on 's May with the eight-year-old.

“I'd have very happy owners if I could win a maiden hurdle at Warrnambool,” Purcell said.

“(Sydney trainer) part-owns him and he rang me up and said he watches Warrnambool every year and hasn't been for something like 20 years, but said if he could get a runner he'd come down and make a week of it.

“He's keen for him to go jumping and I think the other owners are as well.

“I've jumped him a little bit and everything he's done he's shown that he's very athletic and it's easy for him.

“I'm looking forward to him as a jumper later in the season but I'd be disappointed if I can't win a race with him on the flat beforehand.”

Purcell described Double Bluff as a strange little horse with a mind of his own but said on his work he would be competitive.

Scherzoso also runs in the same race for his eighth start for Purcell after starting out with .

The gelding finished second in the Dunkeld and Traralgon Cups before running fourth at Flemington over 1720m on December 15.

“He's a horse I got that had a good record and his rating reflected that,” Purcell said.

“He's been running well but finding a few better each time he goes around.

“He's going to win one of these races soon, he just needs things to fall into place for him.”

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