Three-time Group 1 winner Turn Me Loose is pleasing co-trainer Murray Baker as he aims to defend his crown in the Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 25.
Wet tracks saw the five-year-old son of Iffraaj restricted to just two races during the spring where he finished 8th in both the Schillaci Stakes (1100m) and Darley Classic (1200m) over unsuitable distances.
Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman, told NZ Racing Desk Turn Me Loose is in great shape ahead of his autumn targets, but a first-up assignment is yet to be decided upon.
"He's going as well as he's ever gone," Baker said.
"He'll trial at Cambridge on 10 January and then he'll possibly go to Australia, though we're undecided yet because he's still in the Telegraph."
If Turn Me Loose bypasses the Telegraph and kicks off his campaign in Australia, the Group 2 Australian Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 27 is a likely option.
His trainers may also follow the same path as last autumn which would see Turn Me Loose kick off in in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 11 before tackling the Futurity Stakes two weeks later.
"He ran well in both those races last year and we think he'll go just as well this time around," Baker said.
A winner of seven from 17 career starts, Turn Me Loose has amassed more than $1.5 million in prizemoney.