Promising 2YO Winner for Turn Me Loose

Media Release - Wednesday June 22

Promising juvenile filly Wessex scored her second career win when taking out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday.

The daughter of Turn Me Loose won on debut last September before two unplaced stakes runs and trainer Andrew Forsman was pleased to see her back in the winner’s stall.

Wessex winning at Pukekohe on Wednesday. Photo: Trish Dunell

“It was a good win,” he said.

“We know that she has got the ability there, we saw that in her first start. It was a matter of things working out for her and her getting a bit of confidence, which was good to see.”

Further stakes assignments are now in the offing for the rising three-year-old.

“We haven’t thought too far ahead, it was just getting this one out of the way and hoping she ran well. We can now press forward knowing that she does handle these sort (heavy) of tracks.


“Stakes races are an aim, we just haven’t worked out a path and how we will go about it yet.”

Wessex carries the colours of prominent owner Ben Kwok, who purchased the daughter of Group One performer Trepidation in partnership with Andrew Forsman out of Windsor Park’s 2021 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale draft for $150,000.

“He (Kwok) has been a huge help to me in getting going,” Forsman said.

“He has been a great supporter for a little while now. He entrusted (bloodstock agents) Bevan Smith, Andy Williams and myself to purchase Wessex at the sales, and he has let us in for a little bit of the ownership.

“He is great for racing and hopefully we can get a few more results for him soon.”

Forsman was also rapt for winning apprentice jockey Kelsey Hannan, who rides regular track work for Forsman.

“It was great for Kelsey. She has turned up and done a lot of work for me, she has helped me out a lot,” Forsman said.

“She turns up early in the mornings and rides a couple before riding for other people. She has ridden at jumpouts for us and she has been great.

“She has got a great attitude and a great head on her shoulders for a young person. She has got a good style on a horse, and I am sure she is in for a big future.”

It was a successful day at Pukekohe for Wessex’s sire Turn Me Loose, whom Forsman prepared in partnership with Murray Baker to win three times at Group One level.

The exciting Windsor Park Stud stallion sired two further winners – Me Liberez in the Betavet 1400 and Crazy In Love in the Haunui Farm 1400, while his three-year-old gelded sons Miscreant and Turnmeon finished close seconds over 1200m and 1600m respectively.

“As they mature and develop they seem to be hitting their straps,” Forsman said of the progeny of Turn Me Loose.

“We always thought he had the ability to leave that in his progeny and it is great seeing that come to fruition.” – NZ Racing Desk



Race Result - Nzb Insurance Pearl Series 2yo 1200m

Pukekohe Park Track: Heavy(10) Time: 1:12.08
T: Andrew Forsman J: K L Hannan 51.5
2f Turn Me Loose (NZ) x Trepidation (NZ) (Falkirk (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $150,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Mr CW Kwok / Andrew Forsman
T: S Ralph J: J J Fawcett 54
2f Time Test (GB) x Avoid (NZ) (Cullen (AUS))
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott J: Y Kumagai 53.5
2c Shamexpress (NZ) x Eszencia (NZ) (Captain Rio (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $20,000
V:Leanach Lodge Ltd
B: Wexford Stables
T: C J Henderson J: A C Goindasamy 56
2g Telperion (AUS) x Testa's Big Lassie (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
MM Gold Coast National Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Alexia Fraser Bloodstock, Warwick, Qld
B: Taui Johnson
T: Andrew Forsman J: L J Allpress 54
2f Mongolian Khan (AUS) x La Vida Loca (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
You Know
T: G K Opie J: M J Mc Nab 56
2g Preferment (NZ) x Mazikeen (NZ) (Sebring (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $30,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Mr GK Opie
Beyond Skies
T: S B Marsh J: C J Grylls 56
2c Mongolian Khan (AUS) x Baralo'kash (NZ) (Kashani (USA))
Moving Forward
T: R P Liefting J: Callum Jones 53
2g Move Faster (NZ) x Skyewithdiamonds (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
Mini Moet
T: Ms K McQuade J: J Kamaruddin 53
2f Charm Spirit (IRE) x Rose Imperial (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott J: M Hashizume 53
2f Epaulette (AUS) x Ready For Glory (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Savvy Star
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: D Prastiyou 56
2g Tivaci (AUS) x Save The Stars (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $27,500
V:Leanach Lodge Ltd
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables NZ
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