Tough task for Turn Me Loose

Turn Me Loose will tomorrow be back at Flemington , the scene of his Group One win in the Emirates Stakes . (Photo: Bruno Canatelli/NZ Racing Desk).

Turn Me Loose will tomorrow be back at Flemington, the scene of his Group One win in the Emirates Stakes 12 months ago . (Photo: Bruno Canatelli/NZ Racing Desk).

Cambridge trainer Murray Baker believes tomorrow’s Gr.1 Darley Classic (1200m) might be too short for multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose, but says the Iffraaj stallion deserves his chance.

A Group One winner of the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield over 1400 metres and the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton and the Emirates Stakes at Flemington, both over 1600, Turn Me Loose was eighth when resuming over 1100 in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield last month.

It was the first time he had contested a race at a distance shorter than 1400 metres since just his third start in August 2014.

“He’s absolutely thriving, but the race is probably too short for him. We’re giving him his chance and he is really going well,” said Baker.

Turn Me Loose will be ridden tomorrow by Damien Oliver and will jump from barrier 10 in the 120-horse field, which includes super sprinter Lankan Rupee.

NZ Racing Desk