Warrnambool trainer Aaron Purcell hopes Aloisia can score group 1 victory at Caulfield's Thousand Guineas

OPTIMISTIC: Warrnambool trainer Aaron Purcell has high hopes for Aloisia, whom he has taken over training from Ciaron Maher, in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. Picture: Rob Gunstone
OPTIMISTIC: Warrnambool trainer Aaron Purcell has high hopes for Aloisia, whom he has taken over training from Ciaron Maher, in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. Picture: Rob Gunstone

LIGHTLY-raced filly Aloisia is fit and ready to give Aaron Purcell his first group 1 success when she runs in the $500,000 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on Saturday.

Aloisia was formerly trained by Ciaron Maher, but Purcell took over the training of horses in Maher’s stable earlier this month after Maher was suspended for six months over the ownership bona fides of five horses in his stable.

Purcell said he is upbeat about Aloisia’s chances in the 1600-metre race.

“I was impressed with how Aloisia worked at Caulfield on Tuesday,” he said.

“She’s not a big filly, but there’s plenty of scope to her. She’s drawn a good barrier in the Thousand Guineas and I think, with a bit of luck in the run, she should be in the finish. The Cummings-trained filly Alizee is the one to beat, but we’ll give it a good shake.

“Our grand final is the VRC Oaks on November 9.

“There’s still a bit more improvement in her as we head to the Oaks.”

Aloisia is a $10 chance in the early betting markets for the Thousand Guineas.

Former top mare Spirit Song finished just short of giving Purcell his first group 1 victory, running second in the 2012 Toorak Handicap.

Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable looms as a major player on the 10-race card at Caulfield.

Gailo Chop represents the Warrnambool operation in the $1 million group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes, while other Warrnambool runners on the program include Gallic Chieftain, Lucky Hussler and Leather’N’Lace.

Turnitaround runs in the $500,000 Toorak Handicap for Warrnambool trainer Matthew Williams.