NEW ZEALAND GUINEAS WINNER RESUMES IN MAKFI

Co-Trainers Baker & Forsman Hoping For Positive Effort From Turn Me Loose

While Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have high hopes for the returning Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj) ahead of tomorrow’s Makfi Challenge Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Hastings, the trainers will not be too discouraged should the four-year-old fail to win.

Off the track since winning the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) last November, Turn Me Loose’s proposed Sydney autumn campaign was cut short in February, after he was found to have a virus following a Warwick Farm barrier trial.

The colt has had two barrier trial outings this month, the first when defeating smart rivals in Puccini (Encosta De Lago) and Dal Cielo (Per Incanto) over 1000 metres at Ruakaka on 1 August, before running second over 1200 metres at Taupo on 19 August.

While Andrew Forsman believes Turn Me Loose, a NZ$52,500 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale purchase in 2013, is capable of winning tomorrow’s race, he admitted it is his second-up start that will determine the shape of his spring campaign.

“I’m certainly not saying he can’t win or anything like that, but there are a few that have had a run in the Foxbridge Plate,” Forsman said.

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