Turn Me Loose strong in Emirates win

| November 8, 2015
Turn Me Loose wins G1 Emirates Stakes

Turn Me Loose wins G1 Emirates Stakes

Turn Me Loose ran his rivals ragged to claim the $1 million Emirates Stakes (1,600m) at Flemington to prove himself one of the spring’s dominant milers.

It was a fitting result for trainer Murray Baker, whose star stayer Mongolian Khan is still struggling to overcome the effects of a colic attack that ruled him out of the Melbourne Cup.

Taken to the front by Kerrin McEvoy, Turn Me Loose ($9) set a strong gallop but was yet able to hold off the fast-finishing Politeness ($10) and Rock Sturdy ($31) to win the final Group One of Cup week.

“He’s a good, tough horse and can run those sectionals and makes it hard for horses behind him,” Baker said.

“They were coming at him late, I was praying, but he kept going.”

Turn Me Loose is now unbeaten in three runs in Australia this spring after victories over 1,600 metres in the Seymour Cup and the Waterford Crystal Mile.

Baker said he believed the horse’s running style would be suited stepping up in trip to 2,000 metres.

“Originally he was nominated for the Cox Plate but he had a problem and we had to target this race. I’m sure he will run the 2,000m,” he said.

“We took him to Sydney last year but we had to take him home without racing so we may have to get him ready for next year.

“He does have a Hong Kong nomination and he has one for Perth as well but we’ll just wait to see what happens.”

One person who would have rued the result was jockey Opie Bosson, who was sidelined on Saturday through suspension.

But his misfortune was McEvoy’s gain, and the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey landed his 50th Group One with Saturday’s triumph.

“I’d like to thank Murray Baker and I’d like to thank Opie, the jockey who did all the work on the horse. I feel for you,” he said.

“He couldn’t be here because of suspension but it is a nice pick-up for me.

“This horse is a bold-going Kiwi. He likes to get out there and make every post a winner.

“He gave a good kick at the 600m and another at the 300m. He was too strong for them.”

Baker said Mongolian Khan was getting better but was still not out of the woods at the Werribee veterinary clinic.

“He’s on the improve but it’s been a slow process. He’s had one or two hiccups along the way but hopefully he’ll come back,” he said.

Politeness was unlucky not to back up her Myer Classic win last week with another Group One win.

Craig Newitt was held up for a run early in the straight before the mare rattled home to get within a half-neck of the winner.

German galloper Magic Artist backed up his fourth in the Mackinnon last Saturday with another fourth, while fellow European runner Arod finished a well-beaten 14th.

It was a poor result for favourite punters, who saw the heavily backed Disposition ($5) and Godolphin’s Bow Creek ($5) finish eighth and 12th respectively.

“He just never went a yard in that soft ground. He’s a good-track horse,” James McDonald said of Bow Creek, while Damien Oliver said Disposition “ran below his best”.

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