Lickety Split does just that with impressive debut


Turn Me Loose 2YO Lickety Split looked a smart prospect for the future when successful on debut at Ellerslie at the weekend.

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman the scopey filly showed the determination and will to win reminiscent of her triple G1 winning sire when rallying strongly to down the favourite Slipper Island in the 2YO event over 1100m.

Highly regarded by her connections, Lickety Split’s race sectionals also confirmed her natural ability and she holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes later in the Autumn. 

“She’s certainly a talent and there are a couple of Gr.1 races coming up that may suit her, however I have in the back of my mind that she will be a better 3YO so we will just see how she comes through the race before planning our next move with her”, said Forsman.

Meanwhile in Australia another highly promising daughter of Turn Me Loose, first-crop 3YO Ancient Girl, put in a big performance to finish a close third in the Gr.3 Vanity stakes at Flemington. 

The winner of two races from four starts, Ancient Girl kicked strongly in the lead up the lengthy Flemington straight to gain her first Group race placing with connections now considering a start in the G1 Australian Guineas at the same venue on March 5th. 

Windsor Park Stud owner Rodney Schick stands Turn Me Loose at his Kaipaki property in Cambridge and they will offer a total of 14 individuals by the sire across the Book 1 and 2 sessions at Karaka with the timely performances of Lickety Split and Ancient Girl providing a perfect advertisement for their resident son of Iffraaj.

Schick is bullish about prospects for the success of this year’s sale at Karaka.

“On a personal note, we will offer some lovely yearlings right across our draft and I think one of the best things is the variety you can find in it.

“Racehorses we have bred, raised or sold from past drafts have enjoyed another outstanding season on the racetrack headed by Karaka Millions winner Dynastic and Gr.1 winners Callsign Mav and Coventina Bay.

“As well, New Zealand bred horses have again performed incredibly well at the highest levels in our major markets such as  Australia and Asia and I would like to think that success will transition to strong bidding when the sale starts,” said Schick.

Champion Sprinter/Miler Turn Me Loose has 27 yearlings entered in Book 1 and Book 2 at the Karaka sales commencing March 7th.

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