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Aloisia Ready to Step Up in Guineas
Meanwhile, trainer Aaron Purcell says star filly Aloisia (Azamour-Queen Boudicca, by Perfectly Ready) is cherry ripe for Saturday's Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. Last season's Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) winner resumed with a fast-finishing fifth (beaten 2.1 lengths) in the Gr3 The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington two weeks ago, a run Purcell says has the OTI Racing-owned filly primed for Saturday's $1 million feature. "In The Vanity from the outside draw and at the weights she was always at a disadvantage and we were hoping to see her strong through the line, which she was," Purcell told racing.com. "We were hoping she'd improve from the race, which she has. She's definitely heading the right way and we think we've got her where we want her to be and Saturday's race is coming at the right time for her." He added: "She went to the Thousand Guineas second-up last preparation. We've tried to give her a similar preparation this time in and we think we've got her pretty right."