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Kiwi Handicapper Boosts NZ Guineas Winner's Makfi Hopes
Earlier this week, the Daily News reported that the prospects of last season's Gr1 Canterbury 2,000 Guineas winner Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) making the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes was unlikely given his 24th order of entry. A few days can be a long time in racing, and in exciting news for his connections, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Handicapper Dennis Quirke has re-rated Turn Me Loose, effectively pushing the 4YO entire up to joint 16th in the pecking order. According to NZ Racing Desk, the situation arose after Cambridge co-trainer Murray Baker approached New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, with Quirke's rating elevating the horse from 86 to 94. "It's an unusual situation and I'm happy with my re-rating," he said. "People generally want their horses reassessed down and not up and the process is the same as any other request." Ominously, should Turn Me Loose cross the Tasman at a future date, Quirke observed: "The Free Handicaps have not been released yet, but my initial thoughts are that in the up to 1600m category Turn Me Loose would be rated above Mongolian Khan and comparable, or maybe ahead of Volkstok'n'barrell."