Ready to be turned loose in Aussie

Turn Me Loose (Kerrin McEvoy) holding on determinedly to win the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk/Sportspix).

Turn Me Loose, pictured winning the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington, is on track for another Melbourne campaign. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk/Sportspix).

Turn Me Loose is on a mission to add to his collection of Australian titles.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained multiple Group One winner will soon be on a plane to Australia following his success at the Avondale trials today.

Turn Me Loose was ridden in his heat by Matt Cameron and cut out 1000 metres in good time.

“If he doesn’t go over on Sunday he’ll go the following week,” said Baker. “He won his trial well and he broke a minute on a heavy track – he’s still got it.

“He takes a bit to get fit as he’s still a stallion and he’s a big horse. He can jump out at Flemington when he gets there. They have jump-outs every week.”

Weight determines that Turn Me Loose’s future lies overseas.

“There aren’t any short course weight-for-age races here for him and all his form is over there,” said Baker.

While Turn Me Loose’s spring programme has yet to be locked in, the Gr. 1 $A1 million Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on October 21 is a likely target for him to further his already impressive CV.

The son of Iffraaj won the Gr. 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley last spring before he triumphed in the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington.

Turn Me Loose, who claimed his first Group One crown as a three-year-old in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, returned to Melbourne earlier this year to add the Gr. 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield to his record.

– NZ Racing Desk.