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The Cleaner definite starter in Emirates Stakes

28 / 10 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
The Cleaner with trackwork ridfer Karl Rhodes in full flight in track gallop at Longford icon Click to enlarge

STAR Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner will have his next start in the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes over 1600 metres on the final day of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington on Saturday November 08.

The Cleaner emerged from his tough run in the W. S. Cox Plate with a clean bill of health so today his trainer Mick Burles confirmed the gelding would tackle the Emirates Stakes as his next main mission.

“The horse has come through the Cox Plate brilliantly so it is onwards and upwards to the Emirates Stakes on Saturday week,” Burles said.

“He ate up every oat in his feed bin after the Cox Plate and he’s done the same at every feed since and I had my vet run his hands over the horse today and he gave him a glowing report,” he said

The Emirates Stakes is a Quality Handicap so without a top rating horse with 121 points in the field The Cleaner with a rating of 111 would carry top weight of 58 kilograms with the minimum weight set at 52 kg.

“With 58 kg it is a hefty weight but we get in well under the Group 1 Quality handicap conditions,” Burles said.

The Cleaner will remain in Tasmania training on his home track at Longford and depart for Melbourne on the Thursday prior to race day which is his normal routine.

Burles also confirmed The Cleaner has been nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes to be run over 1600m at Ascot in Perth, WA on November 22.