Burles Confident in The Cleaner Ahead of 2014 Dato

September 4th, 2014

Returning to racing in exceptional form this season, trainer Mick Burles has revealed he is hoping to use this weekend’s featured Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley as a key Cox Plate qualifier for classy gelding The Cleaner.

The Cleaner will be partnered by Steven Arnold in the 2014 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes

The Cleaner will be partnered by Steven Arnold in the 2014 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing an impressive record of sixteen race wins and 12 minor places from 41 competitive starts so far, The Cleaner is yet to finish worse than second over four starts this time in, and was last seen charged home to win the Jeep Don’t Hold Back Handicap (1600m) by close to two lengths on August 2nd.

Partnered by a variety of jockeys over his busy racing career, Burles told News Corp he is confident Steven Arnold will get the best from the Savoire Vivre gelding in the 2014 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, particularly from the ideal barrier 2.

“He hasn’t ridden him before, but he’s ridden against him plenty of times,” Burles said.

“You try to get the best jockey you can and I’m sure Steven won’t give him a sore back. He rode Limes when he beat us but a head, but we should have won that day.

“It’s a hard race on Saturday but I reckon he is up to it.”

Returning to racing this year with a hard-fought second in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Open (1400m) on May 24th, The Cleaner charged home to win the Travis Harrison Cup (1600m) by more than three lengths on June 21st before finishing second in the Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship Final (1600m) in his only other start prior to the Don’t Hold Back Handicap.

Opening at odds of close to $10 for success in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, The Cleaner has so-far received the greatest market share of wagers and currently registers as clear $5 market mover and outright second-favourite behind Star Rolling with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

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