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Expat Tassie trainer Mick Burles is considering a shot at the big time with his galloper The Cleaner this spring, the Makye Diva Stakes 2014 on the cards after their easy Moonee Valley win on the weekend.
Savoire Vivre six-year-old The Cleaner ($3.20F) won running away in an all-the-way effort in Saturday’s $80,000 Dominant Travis Harrison Cup (1600m) beating home Sadaqa by a commanding three lengths.
While the finish was easy The Cleaner had to earn their spot at the front with jockey Anthony Darmanian, who celebrated his first Victorian win since July 2012, letting them get out and rolling before hitting the go button over the final 800m to open it right up.
“He’s a ripper isn’t he? He just doesn’t stop trying,” Burles said.
“I was bit worried when he had to do a bit of work to get around them but he’s got a lot of guts and it didn’t worry him.
“He’ll be back on the boat (Spirit Of Tasmania) tonight, there’s no mucking around with him.”
Tested right up to a mile and a half, including their Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) second last year, The Cleaner now looks more and more like a genuine miler.
They also won their other most recent run over the distance in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) at Launceston back in February by two lengths.
Burles, who has been based at Lonford in Victoria’s Gippsland region, then is considering an elite level spring target over the mile for The Cleaner in mid-September.
The trainer named the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 13 as a possible goal for the horse.
Leading up to that their next assignment will be in the $150,000 Listed Winter Championship Final (1600m) over the same track and distance as the Makybe Diva Stakes on July 12.
Then looking either further ahead, if all goes well, Burles said he would love to see The Cleaner line-up in the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 8 on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“I might head towards a few of those early weight-for-age races like the Makybe Diva Stakes,” Burles told Racing Victoria.
“I’d like to get a Group race next to his name because I think he deserves one.
“Long range I’d like to have a go at the Emirates Stakes at Flemington on the last day of the carnival.”
They are notable targets for the $500,000 earner who Burles bought for a steal at $10,000 from the 2009 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.
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