Turn Me Loose stamped himself as a serious race horse for Murray Baker through the recent Spring Carnival and could be set for a target like the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) this time should his early autumn form warrant a berth.
Turn Me Loose has been a strong and consistent performer for Baker through his entire eleven start career so far but undoubtedly stepped up a gear through his first Australian preparation in spring; running second in the Listed Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) before taking out his next three starts including the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) most recently on November 7th.
Having reportedly taken well to his time away from racing, Baker told Racing Victoria he has no doubt the son of Iffraaj will get the 2000m of the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes but will be guided by results posted earlier in the Autumn Carnival.
“He’s going well Turn Me Loose. He ran well in a jumpout here last week and Opie Bosson’s ridden him a couple of times and said that he feels great,” Baker said.
“He trials on Tuesday over 1000m or 1200 and that’s right-handed. He’s never raced right-handed but he’s trialled that way before.
“We think he might run over 2000m but we’d like to see how he goes in Sydney before we contemplate a race like the Queen Elizabeth.”
Debuting to racing in early 2014, Turn Me Loose wasted no time charging towards peak condition through spring of that year; winning the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) and finishing third in the Group 3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) before taking out the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m).
Travelling to Australia with a view towards contesting the 2015 Autumn Carnival, Turn Me Loose was unable to take to competition after suffering a minor ailment in work and was returned to his native New Zealand.
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