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Aloisia wins the Group 1 Thousand Guineas
October 15, 2017

Aloisia has provided trainer Aaron Purcell with his first Group One win following her impressive run in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.

Purcell took over the horses of suspended trainer Ciaron Maher just more than two weeks ago and has been riding the crest of a wave.

Ridden by Luke Nolen on Saturday, Aloisia ($14) scored by 1-1/4 lengths from Shoals ($4.40), with $2.15 favourite Alizee three-quarters of a length away in third.

Warrnambool-based before taking over Maher's team, Purcell's biggest success was in the 2008 Grand Annual Steeplechase, and also winning at Group Two level on the flat.

"But it's obviously good to get a Group One next to my name," he said.

"The whole experience of being at Caulfield and taking over the Maher team of great horses, great staff and great owners has been fantastic.

"Ciaron deserves a pat on the back. He's done most of the work and I've been there towards the finish."

Aloisia is aiming at next months VRC Oaks at Flemington with Maher before his suspension, picking out a carefully planned program.

"We came here expecting her to run well but her aim has always been towards the Oaks," Purcell said.

"We'll keep pushing on."

OTI Racing manager Terry Henderson said the filly might start against Winx in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on her way to the Oaks.

He said Aloisia needed a start over the 2040m distance on her way to the Oaks' 2500m.

"We'll talk about the Cox Plate seriously," Henderson said.

"It will be either that race or the Vase on the same day."

Nolen said he was grateful to get back into Group One-winning form.

"She did get the perfect run so I hope I continue to keep the ride this prep," Nolen said.

From the only Southern Hemisphere crop of the ill-fated Azamour, who stood at Brighthill Farm, Aloisia is out of the former smart juvenile Queen Boudicca. She was a two-year-old winner and also finished third in the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes and sixth in the Karaka Million.

Aloisia was bred by her original trainer Jason Price, his wife Kelly and her brother Michael Hall.

Price prepared Aloisia to finish fifth on debut before she rattled home to finish second at Trentham behind subsequent Group One performer Belle du Nord.

The talented filly caught the eye of respected bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo, who negotiated her private sale to Terry Henderson's OTI racing operation.

Transferred to the Caulfield stable of Ciaron Maher, Aloisia was an impressive winner at Flemington on her Australian debut, before finishing a luckless second in the Gr.1 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m). -AAP, NZ Racing Desk

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