Star ready to cut loose again

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

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

Multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose is likely to join the carnival party in Melbourne this weekend.

The powerhouse Cambridge galloper has been nominated for the Gr.2 Schillaci Stakes over 1100 metres at Caulfield on Saturday.

“There’s a decent chance he will run,” said Murray Baker, who prepares the high-class son of Iffraaj with Andrew Forsman.

Turn Me Loose earned more than $A1 million in Melbourne last season with four wins, a second and a fourth from six attempts. He recorded Group One wins in the Emirates Stakes and Futurity Stakes and also won the Gr.2 Crystal Mile.

He was also voted New Zealand’s leading sprinter and middle distance horse for the season and was just a vote away from being Horse of the Year.

At last night’s Cambridge Jockey Club 2015-16 Awards function he was again in the limelight, picking up five trophies. As well as winning the Henley Park Group One Award and the Haunui Farm Group One Award for his success at the top level last season, he won the Crombie Lockwood Leading Sprinter Award, the JLT Bloodstock Leading Middle-Distance Performer Award and shared the Cambridge Equine Hospital Leading Weight-For-Age Performer Award with Addictive Habit.

Turn Me Loose failed in two starts in Sydney last autumn, but had a bone chip removed from a knee following his Sydney runs, which delayed his return this spring.

He won a 1000m trial at Avondale on September 20 and galloped between races at Te Rapa last Friday to ready him for his resuming run.

“He seems to be back to his old self and is a very happy horse at the moment,” said Baker. “He’s a pretty good horse. He’s like a big machine when he gets going and right up to the very best.

“He’s a five-year-old entire, but has a lovely temperament. You could put a little kid in the box with him.”

Baker has not finalised Turn Me Loose’s spring programme, but the horse has been nominated for the A$1 million Gr.1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on October 31 and the A$1 million Gr.1 Darley Classic at Flemington on November 5.

“He’s probably best suited now by 1400 to 1600-metre weight-for-age races but there’s not much around at this carnival, at least not at Group One level,” said Baker.