Windsor Park Stud Secures Turn Me Loose
Friday, 28 April 2017:
Windsor Park studmaster Rodney Schick is excited to have Turn Me Loose join their stallion roster for 2017.
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“I loved his outstanding looks and physicality when I first saw him and coupled with his cracking race performance, it just heightened my desire to have him in our stallion lineup,” he said.
A classic winning three-year-old, Turn Me Loose cemented his position at the head of the best milers of his generation with formidable G1 winning performances in Melbourne.
Turn Me Loose, together with Kermadec, was rated the equal highest colt of his generation in the mile category by Timeform.
He was crowned Champion Sprinter and Middle Distance performer at the completion of his 4YO season and retires to stud a triple G1 winner of seven races from 1200m to 1600m with prizemoney earnings exceeding $1.7 million.
A juvenile winner at two, Turn Me Loose showed himself to be a class above his three-year-old contemporaries with a dominant three length classic victory in the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas.
However his first visit to Australia as an autumn 3YO was aborted after he contracted travel sickness that sidelined him for the remainder of his 3YO season.
He returned to Australian racing as a 4YO at the spring carnival where he confirmed his class with a trio of black-type victories culminating with success in the G1 VRC Emirates Stakes over 1600m at Flemington.
The following autumn in Melbourne Turn Me Loose transitioned was successful in the G1 MRC Futurity Stakes at Caulfield where he defeated eight other Group One winners.
Turn Me Loose was trained throughout his career by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
Baker, New Zealand’s most successful trainer of Australian G1 winners commented: “Turn Me Loose is one of the few horses I’ve had good enough to beat Australia’s best sprinter/milers. He’s a big strong horse who can run very fast sectionals”.
Turn Me Loose is the best performed galloper by internationally successful sire Iffraaj, whose 48 stakes winners to date include this season’s top Australasian 3YOs Gingernuts (New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas) and Jon Snow (Australian Derby).
Iffraaj’s G1 winning progeny in the northern hemisphere include champion European 2YO fillies Rizeena and Chriselliam and champion colts Ribchester and Wootton Bassett.
Wootton Bassett is the sire of Almanzore, Europe’s highest rated racehorse in 2016, in his first crop of runners.
Turn Me Loose is the only colt to date produced by Indomitable, a daughter of the breed-shaping sire Danehill while his second dam Kwan, by Sadler’s Wells, is a half-sister to three Group winners including European G1 winning 2YO Fairy Heights.
Turn Me Loose will stand his initial stud season on a fee of $15,000+GST.