Star could let loose in Telegraph

Turn Me Loose and co-trainer Andrew Forsman . (Photo: Wally O'Hearn)

Turn Me Loose and co-trainer Andrew Forsman . (Photo: Wally O’Hearn)

Glamour galloper Turn Me Loose could return to action in the Gr.1 J. R. & N. Berkett Telegraph at Trentham next month.

He has had only one race in New Zealand in the past two years, but is expected to have an outing at home before beginning another Australian campaign.

“They might go a bit quick for him, but we want to give him a run here,” said Murray Baker, who prepares the horse with Andrew Forsman.

Turn Me Loose has two Group One assignments on his programme in Melbourne next year. They are the Orr Stakes at Caulfield on February 11 and the Futurity Stakes on the same track a fortnight later. He ran fourth when resuming in the Orr last year, before winning the Futurity.

Turn Me Loose has had only 17 starts, but he has earned more than $1.5 million in stakes and has won three Group One races, including two in Australia. He has also been a Group Two winner on both sides of the Tasman, adding further to his appeal as a sire.

The son of Iffraaj made a late start to the spring and his two starts at the Melbourne spring carnival were over 1100 and 1200 metres, distances which are short of his best against the premier Australian sprinters.

“There just weren’t the right races for him at that stage of the carnival, but it got him back in the groove and we’re really happy with him,” said Baker.

Turn Me Loose will carry 59kg in the Telegraph, but he will be reasonably well suited by the set weights and penalties.

The Telegraph is also a possible starting point for the next campaign of stablemate Saracino and the three-year-old would be an obvious threat if he started.

The Per Incanto colt has been a dual Group Two winner over 1200 metres and he won down the straight 1200 course at Flemington last September.

“He’s a quick horse and is going well,” said Baker.