With the winter chill in Melbourne, it may not feel like spring is approaching, but it is definitely on the mind of Nick Wakim.
As the new owner of Aloisia, the classic winner of the 2017 Thousand Guineas, when she provided trainer Aaron Purcell with his first Group 1 win, the spring can’t come quickly enough.
Since the spring of 2017, the talented mare has had a run of bad luck with outside barriers drawn and difficult ground conditions, but she has always shown determination in race conditions and an impressive turn of foot.
A set of skills that Nick certainly saw in the mare when he purchased her at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale earlier this year for $1,200,000.
Nick was concentrating on non-Danehill line mares and Aloisia caught his eye and fit his requirements as she is by Azamour (IRE) out of a Perfectly Ready (AUS) mare in Queen Boudicca (NZ).
“Although she wasn’t my first choice before the sale, she was strong, well-built and had an incredible walk crossed with the right pedigree”. Nick said.
Following a spell at Hilldene, Nick’s high-end boutique operation near Seymour, Aloisia was given a much-needed break from the race track.
Both team’s at Hilldene and Pinecliff (Anthony Freedman’s Mornington Peninsula stables) were patient and worked hard to allow Aloisia’s feet to grow out and strengthen.
She is now in work at Pinecliff, where there are approximately forty seven horses in training.
“The mare has done well and remained calm”. Nick remarked.
There was no question for Nick in choosing Anthony Freedman to train Aloisia.
“He is a patient trainer and I feel the Pinecliff set up is very complimentary for fillies and mares.” Nick said.
The team is planning an ambitious Spring for Aloisia starting with The Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. If all goes to plan, potential targets are The Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, The Underwood Stakes at Caulfield and finally The Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Following a trial yesterday at Cranbourne, Aloisia ran well finishing an easy third against a competitive field. The mare appears to be enjoying the race preparations, with the new addition of blinkers, and we look forward to seeing her start in The Memsie Stakes on August 31st.
However, if the mare is not performing at the level the team expect, then the plan is to head to the breeding barn this spring.
For the time being, we need to wait and see if the scenery of the Mornington Peninsula is what this mare needs to show her true potential and revive the form we saw in her three-year-old year.