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Star Kiwi Galloper Seeking To Turn Tables in Futurity
Turn Me Loose's fitness levels have improved over the past fortnight and co-trainer Murray Baker is optimistic that his multiple Group One winner has now hit his winning weight, reports NZ Racing Desk. Last season's champion New Zealand sprinter-miler was runner-up to star galloper Black Heart Bart last time out in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, and the Darren Weir-trained gelding is again seen as Turn Me Loose's main danger in tomorrow's Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. "Black Heart Bart has won $3 million and, apart form Winx, he's the best 1400 metre horse in Australia," Baker said of Turn Me Loose. "We just hope our bloke has improved enough. He's a big horse and he takes a lot to get him fit for a sprinter, but he does like Caulfield and Kerrin (jockey Kerrin McEvoy) rides him very well." Baker said a decision on the future of Turn Me Loose, who beat Black Heart Bart's stable-mate Stratum Star in the Futurity 12 months ago, will be made after Saturday. "He's nominated for the Australian Cup [Gr1], which is 2000 metres and I've always felt he will go past a mile and he's also in the big race in Dubai, which is 1800 metres," he said. Black Heart Bart is the dominant $1.80 Tab favourite for Saturday's $500,000 weight-for-age Futurity Stakes, with Turn Me Loose the equal-second market elect with Palentino at $7.50.