Ready to let loose again

Turn Me Loose and Opie Bosson winning the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton. (Photo: Race Images Chch/NZ Racing Desk).

Turn Me Loose and Opie Bosson winning the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton. (Photo: Race Images Chch/NZ Racing Desk).

Opie Bosson completed a hat trick of black-type wins on Turn Me Loose last Sunday and he’s quietly confident the run can continue at Moonee Valley tomorrow.

Bosson started his winning streak on the Danny O’Brien-trained Miss Rose de Lago in the Gr. 3 A$150,000 Nine West Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield last Wednesday week, then was back at the track last Saturday to record his most important win, the Gr. 1 A$3 million BMW Caulfield Cup on the impressive Mongolian Khan.

A day after Mongolian Khan vindicated his favouritism and emerged as a huge prospect for the Melbourne Cup, Bosson climbed aboard stablemate Turn Me Loose in the Listed A$150,000 Darley Seymour Cup and guided the Group One winner to a comfortable win, scoring by three and a quarter lengths under the topweight of 60kg.

Turn Me Loose will back up tomorrow in the Gr. 2 A$200,000 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m) and under the weight-for-age scale he will carry 58.5kg, 2.5kg less than last Sunday.

Though he will encounter a much tougher field than the Seymour Cup, Bosson is confident he is ready for the task, especially from the ace draw.

“He was a bit fresh last Sunday and will be spot on this time,” said Bosson. “He did it easily last time.”

Turn Me Loose is on the second line of betting behind the Toorak Handicap winner Lucky Hussler and if he performs up to expectations in the Crystal Mile there is the likelihood of contesting the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on the last day of The Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Seymour Cup win was well-deserved for both horse and his connections. Setbacks have seen the Iffraaj four-year-old sparingly raced. In fact he has had just three starts since winning the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton 11 months ago.

“He went to Sydney and he got travel sickness last autumn and he had to come back (to New Zealand) again,” recalled co-trainer Murray Baker. “He’s just needed a bit of racing. He’s been off the scene for a long time.”

Turn Me Loose’s fresh-up run was in Hastings’ Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes, in which he went a top race for sixth. When a planned second-up run in the Gr. 1 Windsor Park Stud Plate was ruled out with the abandonment of the second day at Hastings, he was taken to Melbourne and ran a slasher when beaten a nose over 1400 metres at Flemington when drawn wide.