The Murray Baker trained Kiwi galloper Turn Me Loose remains on the top of the betting for the Group 1 $500,000 italktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield today.
The weight for age Futurity Stakes is scratching free with a field of eleven to go around.
While Turn Me Loose has drifted slightly in the betting at Ladbrokes.com au, he remains the $3.20 favourite after opening at $3 when the final field was released on Wednesday.
Turn Me Loose will strip fitter following is first up run when fourth to Suavito in the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago.
Baker said that Turn Me Loose raced a bit on the fresh side when he led them up in the C.F. Orr Stakes and is hoping for a more moderate tempo today with Opie Bosson in the saddle again.
“He was a bit slow out of the gate. He probably ran hard up the hill, just took a bit out of him, and ran very fast sectionals from about the 1200m to the 200m,” Baker said on Racing HQ Saturday this morning.
“Just hoping today he could be a bit more conservative and just save himself a bit.”
On the second line of betting is the Phillip Stokes trained Adelaide galloper Hucklebuck who has had some early support, firming from $6 to $5.50.
Hucklebuck also has had one run back from a spell and made up plenty of ground in the straight when third in the C.F Orr Stakes.
C.F. Orr Stakes winner Suavito in next in the market order at $6, easing from $5.50 and has an excellent chance to make it back to back Group 1 wins.
Futurity Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.20 Turn Me Loose, $5.50 Hucklebuck, $6 Suavito, $8 Boban, $8.50 Politeness, $14 Stratum Star, $15 Trust In A Gust, $17 Rebel Dane, $21 Scissor Kick, $41 The United States, $61 Entirely Platinum.