Turns loose and distances rivals

Opie Bosson scoring the easiest iof his six NZ 2000 Guineas wins on Turn Me Loose yesterday. (Photo: Trish Dunell).

Opie Bosson scoring the easiest of his six NZ 2000 Guineas wins on Turn Me Loose yesterday. (Photo: Trish Dunell).

Melbourne Cup day had nothing on the first day of this year’s NZ Cup meeting at Riccarton for a group of Melbourne owners.

The group headed to Christchurch to cheer on their horse, Turn Me Loose, in yesterday’s feature, the Gr. 1 $400,000 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas, and they were left with a result even better than they expected.

The Melbourne crew, headed by Lindsay de Souza, were all smiles and ready to party after Turn Me Loose lived up to his hot favouritism when racing away with the classic, leaving the runner-up Rockfast three lengths behind.

“We thought he would win but not that easily,” said de Souza, who bought Turn Me Loose on behalf of the syndicate of mates. “Murray (Baker) and Andrew (Forsman) have done a great job with him and Opie (Bosson) rode him beautifully.”

Forsman was on track for the win, but Baker was back in Waikato cheering on Turn Me Loose to give their stable successive wins in the event, following on from Atlante, who was also ridden by Bosson last year.

Enjoying as big a thrill as the owners were former Cambridge Jockey Club President George Simon and his wife, Maryanne. The pair celebrated their first Group One triumph as breeders of the Iffraaj colt.

Turn Me Loose credited Bosson with his sixth win in the 2000 Guineas and it was his easiest success in the Riccarton feature.

“I couldn’t believe how well he relaxed and when I asked him to go he did it easily,” said Bosson. “He had plenty left at the finish, too.

“He’s going to have no trouble going over more ground. And there’s still plenty of improvement in him. He’s still learning.

Turn Me Loose was having his sixth start and enjoyed a beautiful run tracking the leader and left the issue beyond doubt early in the run home.