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Turn Me Loose On Track For Foxbridge
Meanwhile, classic winner Turn Me Loose drew serious attention to his first-up prospects later this month with a strong barrier trial performance at Ruakaka on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Turn Me Loose hasn't raced since landing the Gr1 New Zealand 2,000 Guineas in November after his Sydney autumn campaign was cut short by a virus. The 4YO was ridden by Opie Bosson and, after sitting outside his stable-mate Dal Cielo, lengthened stride strongly in the run home to win his 1000m heat. "For a horse that hasn't raced for 10 months it was a good effort and he needed that to be ready for the Foxbridge Plate," said Andrew Forsman, who prepares Turn Me Loose with Murray Baker. Turn Me Loose's future programme after next month's Te Rapa event has yet to be decided as he is currently languishing in 24th position in the order of entry for the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on August 29. "He would probably qualify for any other Group One race, but that's another story," Forsman said. Dal Cielo, who stamped himself as one of last season's best juveniles with his victory in the Gr1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie, also continued his progress toward a Melbourne spring carnival campaign with his tidy trial effort for third. "He won't race here and will go straight to Australia," Forsman said. "The tracks will be too wet at home to get him ready for the Caulfield Guineas. Maygrove is another who will go over, there's nothing to get him wound up for here." Splitting the Baker-Forsman pair at Ruakaka was the dual Gr1 winner Puccini, who was doing his best work late. Puccini is likely to resume in the Gr1 Makfi Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on 29 August.