WARRNAMBOOL trainer Aaron Purcell yesterday found a fitting way to celebrate promising galloper Spirit Song’s victory in a $150,000 group 3 race over 1600 metres at Flemington — listening to music at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
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The four-year-old mare gave Purcell his biggest triumph on the flat with her narrow victory at the race meeting dubbed Super Saturday.

Purcell began yesterday by taking Spring Song to the beach in a bid to get his charge ready for a group 2 race at Moonee Valley Friday week, also over 1600 metres. But Purcell’s father and stable spokesman James said the mare had to be treated with kid gloves.

“She pulls up terrible from all her races,” he said.

Consistent beach sessions were the key to helping her overcome joint soreness in her fetlocks.

Spiring Song was previously trained by John McArdle but owner and breeder Darryl Bouchier sent her to Purcell knowing she needed the beach.

Purcell said the stable had no plans for Spirit Song.

“It is one race at a time,” he said. “Some people say it and don’t mean it but we do, it can’t be anymore than that. She is going to race as long as she can.

“We take every win and celebrate that one rather than having big plans for her.”

Ridden by Ben Melham, Spirit Song prevailed on the rails in a thrilling finish to the race.

She has now had three wins and a second from her past four starts with Saturday’s $90,000 first-prize cheque the biggest of her career, which has yielded almost $280,000 from 18 starts.

Purcell’s biggest thrill in racing before Saturday’s win was victory in the Grand Annual Steeplechase with Ginolad in 2008.

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