The Cleaner Tops 2013 Winter Championship Final Nominations & Weights

Tasmanian-trained galloper The Cleaner will vie for back-to-back Flemington wins when they carry the 60kg topweight for the Winter Championship Series Final 2013 this weekend, so long as they make the field that is.

The Cleaner

Group winning Tassie galloper The Cleaner is the 60kg topweight for the Winter Championship Final this weekend. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Mick Burles’ in-form Savoire Vivre five-year-old returned to racing off a four month spell at Flemington on June 22 and overcame the ‘visitor’s gate’ 14 of 14 and 58kg to win a 1610m Provincial Plate.

That was the consistent gelding’s 13th career success from 26 starts, The Cleaner best known for their performances back home in the Apple Isle.

Winner of the Summer Cup (2100m) in Hobart this January The Cleaner enjoyed a nice second in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) in February behind Hurdy Gurdy Man but failed to place when seventh to Geegees Blackflash in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) next start.

They were subsequently sent to the paddock before being bought back for a shot at the winter riches in Victoria.

After their eye-catching first-up victory last month, which was their first look at Melbourne’s most iconic track, their Longford-based trainer Burles has entered them again for the lucrative $150,000 Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) on Saturday.

A bumper 26 nominations were taken for the Winter Championship decider this year.

The Cleaner is currently sitting 20th on the ballot however not having contested any of the series’ heats.

With a capacity final field of just 16 starters connections will be sweating on a number of defectors higher up the order of entry to ensure The Cleaner makes the cut and isn’t regulated to one of the four emergencies.

The other top-rated and weighted entries behind The Cleaner include the Peter Moody-trained Club Command (58.5kg) coming off a heat win from June 22, last year’s final winner Glaneuse (57.5kg), last start Moonee Valley winner over the mile Blackie (56.5kg) and Magnifique Soleil (56.5kg) who must improve on their disappointing last start effort behind Club Command.

Other notable nominees include Stawell-based Hollowlea, veteran eight-year-old Another Prelate coming off a second to Club Command, Under The Hat who was third in the same heat and the Andrew Payne-trained Clanga’s Glory.

Check out the full list of nominations below and stay tuned for the release of the Winter Championship Series Final 2013 field and barriers on Wednesday.

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2013 Winter Championship Final Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 06/07/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 THE CLEANER Robert Smerdon 20 60kg 100
2 CLUB COMMAND Peter G Moody 5 58.5kg 97
3 GLANEUSE Michael O’Leary 14 57.5kg 95
4 BLACKIE (NZ) Jarrod McLean 15 56.5kg 93
5 MAGNIFIQUE SOLEIL Darren Weir 17 56.5kg 93
6 ANOTHER PRELATE Quinton Scott 2 56kg 92
7 ROCKPECKER Ken Fythe 13 55.5kg 91
8 TESTASCANA Mick Cerchi 10 55.5kg 91
9 DASH FOR VIZ Robbie Griffiths 11 54.5kg 89
10 BELLISSIMO Anthony Cummings 25 54kg 75
11 CELLARMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne 6 54kg 88
12 CLANGA’S GLORY Andrew J Payne 4 54kg 82
13 DAYITA Peter G Moody 18 54kg 91
14 GAIL Robbie Griffiths 7 54kg 87
15 HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ) Leigh Childs 22 54kg 78
16 HOLLOWLEA Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 1 54kg 85
17 INFINITE ENERGY Peter G Moody 23 54kg 77
18 LONDON STRIPE (IRE) Pat Carey 16 54kg 76
19 LUCKYI’MBAREFOOT Matthew Williams 19 54kg 86
20 OMINOUS QUALITY David Brideoake & David Feek 24 54kg 75
21 ROCK PRINCESS Chris Hyland 21 54kg 84
22 SOPHROSYNE Jarrod McLean 9 54kg 82
23 STORM BURST Peter G Moody 12 54kg 89
24 TRANQUERA Robbie Griffiths 26 54kg 70
25 ULUNDI Shea Eden 8 54kg 86
26 UNDER THE HAT John Sadler 3 54kg 85