Purple takes Peterborough plunge

Deep Purple is primed to step back in trip for the totesport.com Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Wednesday week.

Deep Purple is primed to step back in trip for the totesport.com Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Wednesday week.

The eight-year-old was a useful performer in novice chase company last term, bagging two Grade Two victories as well as being placed at Aintree for trainer Evan Williams.

Deep Purple returned in a blaze of glory when making a successful leap in trip to three miles and a furlong in last month’s Charlie Hall at Wetherby.

Williams’ charge edged out Tamarinbleu by a head that day and the trainer had expected the race to leave a bigger mark.

He said: “The Peterborough is very much the plan, although I wouldn’t want to see too much more rain. Huntingdon does drain well, though.

“He’s in great shape. I thought he looked like he had a tough race at Wetherby, it was a real battle over the last couple of fences, and I thought running him over that trip first time out might take it out of him.

“He worked well last week, and works again tomorrow, and seems in fine form.”

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