The combination of trainer Murray Baker and jockey Opie Bosson struck again for a third feature success in eight days when Turn Me Loose landed the $200,000 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m).
The victory followed a week after the pair combined to win the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan and only six days after Turn Me Loose powered away to win the Seymour Cup carrying 60kg.
Bosson said Turn Me Loose was probably now the one to beat in the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“Going on his form and the fact that he’s still improving he’s going to be hard to beat,” Bosson said.
“He’s got a really high cruising speed and he can sprint off that high speed as well.
“We always knew he was a good horse but he’s come back even bigger and stronger.”
Sent straight to the front by Bosson, Turn Me Loose ($4.20) sprinted clear at the top of the straight before holding off the late charge of Bow Creek ($17) to win by a half-length, with the well-backed favourite Lucky Hussler ($2.05F) a further 2.5 lengths away in third.