The Cleaner Draws Well for 2013 Devonport Cup

In-form Tasmanian gelding The Cleaner has drawn barrier seven for the $100,000 2013 Devonport Cup (1880m) which will take place on Wednesday.

The Mick Burles-trained five-year-old will be out to record a third straight victory on his road towards the 2013 Hobart Cup after taking out the Tasmanian Stakes and the Field Family Handicap at his two most recent starts.

Jason Maskiell has ridden the son of Savoire Vivre in his two most recent starts and said the barrier seven draw is “perfect”.

“Seven is my lucky number and I had a talk to the owners and trainer Mick Burles before the barrier draw and they said middle of the field would be perfect,” Maskiell told Tasracing.

“From gate seven we can decide very early what we want to do but I have no doubt that my horse has enough speed to lead anything else in the race and that’s most likely what we will be attempting to do from that good barrier.”

The Cleaner will carry the topweight of 60kg at Devonport and while it is a hefty task, his previous two starts show he is in career best form.

In both outings his performances were given extra credence given they both came over last year’s Tasmanian horse of the year Geegee’s Blackflash.

Burles said after his most recent win that he is being aimed at both of Tasmania’s major races, the Hobart Cup as well as the 2013 Launceston Cup.

Among his rivals at Devonport is 2012 Launceston Cup placegetter Fieldmaster who has drawn barrier two and Golden Mile winner Gee Gee’s La Quita.

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Devonport Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 7x11215x11 THE CLEANER Mick Burles Jason Maskiell 7 60kg 99
2 x51537x00x FIELDMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne Steven Arnold 2 56.5kg 92
3 5221411×75 ZELLARCY David A Miller Kelvin Sanderson 5 54.5kg 89
4 421023×621 CATWEN BOY Mark Ganderton Stephen Maskiell 13 54kg 85
5 5321222134 JAY BEE’S GEE GEE Stuart Gandy David Pires 10 54kg 84
6 5×87223516 GEE GEE’S LA QUITA Stuart Gandy Ms Sigrid Carr (a) 1 54kg 81
7 x301x26032 JAKCORIJIM Glenn Stevenson Ms Shannon Brazil 14 54kg 81
8 5x314211x5 TEMAJIM Michael Trinder Ms Kim Moore 12 54kg 81
9 7253313244 LIGHTLY SPICED David & Scott Brunton Craig Newitt 11 54kg 80
10 3202×53418 ASLANYON Leon Wells Rasit Yetimova (a) 4 54kg 73
11 2232163423 MAKES CENTS Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn Shuji Amano 6 54kg 72
12 23144×2152 NAADJI (NZ) David & Scott Brunton Anthony Darmanin 8 54kg 72
13 5381411277 NEIL’S GOLD Angela Brakey Yassy Nishitani 3 54kg 71
14 9012131267 TREE BANDIT Darren Kenny Ms Jackie Beriman (a) 9 54kg 68