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Turn Me Loose Impresses In Trial Win
Dual Gr1 winner Turn Me Loose signalled a prosperous autumn awaits after an easy barrier trial win at Avondale yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained 4YO looks to have returned from a break in terrific order judging by his 2.5-length win over fellow Gr1 winner Volkstok'n'barrell in a time of 1:11.20 for the 1200m. "He's going well and we're happy with him," said Baker. "He may take a race, he always has, but he's on the way up and that's the main thing." Turn Me Loose, who added to his New Zealand 2000 Guineas triumph when landing the Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington in the spring, is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield on 13 February before returning a fortnight later for the Gr1 Futurity Stakes. Both features are run at weight-for-age over 1400 metres. "As long as he goes well in Melbourne, we'll take him up to Sydney," Baker said. His primary target in the Harbour City will be the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on 9 April, with the $4 million showpiece of The Championships to be Turn Me Loose's first start beyond a mile. "He's a big, strong horse and we hope he'll get 2000 metres," Baker said. "He's never raced right-handed in his 11-start career funnily enough, but he has trialled three times in that direction so we've got no worries."