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Baker Turns Screws On Star Sprinter
Cambridge trainer Murray Baker has provided the final word on triple Gr1 winner Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) ahead of his first-up run in tonight's Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, reports NZ Racing Desk. "Everything's fine with him. He'll run in this race and then go on to the Orr and the Futurity," Baker said, while noting, "Friday's race will probably be too short for him, but the mission is the other two races. He ran fourth in the Orr last year then won the Futurity. He's working well and looks a treat." The Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) is run at Caulfield on 11 February, a fortnight before the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at the same track. The Australia Stakes will be a star-studded affair with the likes of Gr1 winners Black Heart Bart, Palentino, Flamberge, Malaguerra, and up-and-coming types such as Chetwood and Winx's half-brother El Divino all entered for the $200,000 feature.