Cambridge stable letting loose in Melbourne

Turn Me Loose (Opie Bosson) have added the Gr. 2 Crystal Mile to his tally of wins. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

Turn Me Loose (Opie Bosson) have added the Gr. 2 Crystal Mile to their tally of wins. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

Cambridge has another leading Group One contender over the Melbourne Cup carnival.

Following on from Mongolian Khan’s authoritative win in the Caulfield Cup and his emergence as a leading candidate for the Melbourne Cup, stablemate Turn Me Loose earned a start in the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival with an all-the-way win in the Gr. 2 A$200,000 Schweppes Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley today.

Turn Me Loose, winner of the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas last November, was having his third Australian start and he has improved with each outing.

He was beaten a “lip” first-up at Flemington over 1400 metres on October 4 then lumped 60kg to victory in the Listed A$153,000 Seymour Cup at Seymour last Sunday and rose to an even tougher task today.

From the inside barrier, Bosson took Turn Me Loose straight to the front, though the Group One winner tended to over-race in the early stages.

He kicked coming to the home turn and put a break on his rivals and kept going strongly to beat Bow Creek and the favourite Lucky Hussler.

“He does go quite keen for the first half of the race, but once he gets into his rhythm he’s got a really high cruising speed,” said Bosson. “And when you ask him for a spring he’s got a long, consistent sprint as well.”

Bosson had been confident of victory going into the race and so had co-trainer Murray Baker, who had no fears about the quick back-up.

“I think he’ll run 2000 metres,” said Baker. “He runs the sectionals and he’s a big, strong colt.

“He can go for the Emirates now and maybe we’ll be back here next year for the Cox Plate.”