Triple Group One winner Turn Me Loose, one of Australasia’s fastest and toughest milers, has been secured by Windsor Park Stud to stand at their Cambridge-based nursery this spring.
Studmaster Rodney Schick is understandably excited to have the outstanding son of Iffraaj joining their stallion roster for 2017.
“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 line-up,” he said.
“To have the speed and class to win a 1400m WFA Group One race in Australia requires exceptional talent, which he had in spades.”
Successful in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas at three, Turn Me Loose cemented his position at the head of the best milers of his generation with formidable further top-flight victories in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington and in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.
More highly rated than champion sires Savabeel and Thorn Park, Turn Me Loose, together with Kermadec, was rated by Timeform the equal highest colt of his generation in the mile category.
Turn Me Loose was crowned Champion Sprinter and Middle Distance performer at the completion of his four-year-old season. He retires to stud as the winner of seven races from 1200m to 1600m and earnings in excess of $1.7 million.
He was prepared throughout his career by Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
“Turn Me Loose is one of the few horses I’ve had that were good enough to beat Australia’s best sprinter-milers,” Baker said. “He’s a big strong horse who can run very fast sectionals.”
Turn Me Loose is the best performed galloper by the internationally successful sire Iffraaj, whose 48 stakes winners to date include this season’s top Australasian 3YO’s Gingernuts (New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas) and Jon Snow (Australian Derby).
A leading global sire, Iffraaj’s Group One-winning winning progeny also include champion European juvenile fillies Rizeena and Chriselliam as well as champion colts Ribchester and Wootton Bassett.
Iffraaj is also an emerging sire of sires with his son Wootton Bassett siring Europe’s 2016 highest rated racehorse Almanzor in his first crop of runners.
From an internationally successful family, 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 Group One-winning juvenile Fairy Heights.
Turn Me Loose will stand his initial stud season for a service fee of $15,000 + GST, which includes a Live Foal Guarantee.