Chasing trans-Tasman stakes double

Turn Me Loose (Opie Bosson) winning the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas last year. (Photo: Trish Dunell/Racing Desk)

Turn Me Loose (Opie Bosson) winning the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas last year. (Photo: Trish Dunell/Racing Desk)

Melbourne racing enthusiast Lindsay de Souza will have major interests on both sides of the Tasman this weekend.

De Souza is a part-owner of the Group One winner Turn Me Loose, who will make his Australian debut in the Listed Paris Lane Stakes at Flemington on Sunday, while he will also have two live black-type chances at Hastings tomorrow.

De Souza will be represented by the talented duo of Let Her Rip and Sally’s Mustang in the Gr. 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes and he had given serious thought of taking in both meetings.

“I toyed with the idea,”he said. “ would love to see the fillies run and we think a lot of them, but I might be wise to stay home.

“Hopefully, they all acquit themselves well and we can kick the two fillies off toward the Guineas at Riccarton. That’s their grand final.”

De Souza races the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Gr. 1 NZ 2000 Guineas hero Turn Me Loose with a seven-strong syndicate that includes his Melbourne-based friends Todd Hartley, Doug Painter and Paul Vawdrey and the quartet are also involved in the ownership of Let Her Rip and Sally’s Mustang.

“The boys love it and it’s a bit of a release from their businesses. They love their racing,” said de Souza.

“Turn Me Loose has taken us to the highest point and we are lucky to have him and Murray and Andrew training for us. They’ve done a fantastic job.”

Let Her Rip and Sally’s Mustang are prepared by Shaune Ritchie (whose wife Alison shares in the ownership of the fillies) and will make their three-year-old debuts at Hastings.

They both made an early impact last season with debut victories and Let Her Rip subsequently ran fifth in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington.

Turn Me Loose and Let Her Rip are Karaka graduates, while Sally’s Mustang was bought out of the Sydney Ready to Run Sale.

NZ Racing Desk.