26 SEP 21 | NZ Racing Desk

Turn Me Loose filly Wessex produced a professional performance on debut to take out the second race on the card over 1000m at Matamata for the Baker / Forsman partnership.

Secured by Forsman for $150,000 out of the Windsor Park Stud draft at the Karaka Yearling Sale earlier this year for owner Ben Kwok, the daughter of Gr.1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) placegetter Trepidation had shown plenty in her two trials leading into Saturday’s juvenile contest.

Faced with only three rivals after the late scratching at the barrier of The Little Engine, Wessex was tardily away but recovered to track the speed throughout before launching a determined finish in the home straight to down Charm Spirit debutant Pacific Dragon, who provided the quinella for Windsor Park Stud-based stallions.

“We’ve liked her since she first came into work and she was good winning her first trial before having another educational run in her second trial on the synthetic at home (Cambridge),” Forsman said.

“Ben had asked me to buy a couple of fillies for him at the sale and this was one I really liked.

“She is by Turn Me Loose, who I have a lot of time for as a sire, and she is a lovely athletic type with plenty of scope to her.

“She is still very immature physically so we will most likely put her away and let her get over this one before we think about what to do with her next.”

The victory continued a purple patch for Kwok who is also the owner of last week’s Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) winner Bellacontte.

Wessex is the fifth individual winner for Windsor Park Stud stallion Turn Me Loose who stands at a fee of $15,000 +GST (LFG) for the 2021 breeding season.   – NZ Racing Desk