"Aaron Purcell controls of one of the most powerful stables in Victoria but is doing so on a temporary basis, having taken over the Caulfield operation of the suspended Ciaron Maher."
Purcell, who hails from Port Fairy, still operates a stable from Warrnambool but has been thrust into the spotlight since the Spring Carnival of 2017, winning Group 1 races with Merchant Navy and Aloisia.
Having taken over horses from the Ciaron Maher yard due to the latter's suspension, Purcell chalked up his first Group 1 winner thanks to Aloisia's strong performance in the Thousand Guineas. He was not long back from an overseas holiday when he got the call from his good mate Maher to take over, and it led to G1 glory thanks to this filly and also Merchant Navy.
Purcell shares his time between Warrnambool and Caulfield and will continue to do so until Maher returns from suspension on April 2. Now 40, Purcell entered the racing game at a young age thanks to his father James, who was a part-time hobby trainer while also working as an accountant. Purcell is a noted trainer of jumps horses and won Warrnambool's famous Grand Annual with Ginolad in 2008.
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