Tasmanian superstar and popular Melbourne Group 1 performer The Cleaner has his latest run back home at Launceston Racecourse this week heading the field for the 2015 Conquering WFA on Wednesday evening.
Due to run as Launceston Race 5 at 8:40pm (TAS time) at the midweek night time meet, this year’s $100,000 Launceston Mitsubishi Conquering WFA (1400m) features a small but classy field of eight gallopers.
Easily the highest-rated hope in the mix is Mick Burles’ Savoire Vivre eight-year-old The Cleaner who has won 19 of his 53 starts to date for $1.3 million in prize money.
A five time winner at the track from 14 runs he shoots for his first victory since success in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley in early September when successfully defending his title in the mile feature.
After the Dato’, The Cleaner ran a brave third behind Mourinho in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield before his last start seventh behind Chris Waller’s star mare Winx in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 24.
Noel Callow retains the ride on the weekend in the early Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival event, which sees The Cleaner run at Launceston for the first time since his second to Admiral in the Listed George Adams Stakes (1600m) back in late February.
George Adams winner Admiral is also in the Conquering WFA mix this weekend, Barry Campbell’s smart Mossman four-year-old last seen running fifth when beaten under two lengths by Hellova Street at the track on November 18 in the Listed Tasmanian Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
He boasts an excellent record at the track of five wins and a second from seven starts and is undefeated over the track and distance with two previous wins including the George Adams success over The Cleaner.
Like his main danger this weekend Admiral is also Group 1 performed in Melbourne when fifth to Wandjina in the Australian Guineas over the Flemington mile as a $15 shot in early March.
He is second-up this week back home and is undefeated with three wins from as many second-up runs to date and gets the inside run from barrier one for the Conquering WFA.
There are two last start winners in Wednesday night’s field including the Max Cowen-trained Player One drawn in gate seven with Anthony Darmanin to ride.
Darmanin has ridden the Host six-year-old for three of his past four starts including an impressive win at Hobart over the 1600m that he won by an easy three and three quarter lengths.
Seven Mile Beach trainer Douglas Brazendale prepares the other last start winner in Helike six-year-old mare One Shot Off who comes off back-to-back victories, the latest by a mere short half-head in her first Launceston start over 1400m on November 25.
Also in good form is fellow Seven Mile Beach-trained mare Spirit Of Nia, the daughter of Ladoni prepared by Tegan Keys and last seen running third under a half-length off Gee Gees Style over 1200m at the track on November 18.
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2015 Conquering WFA Final Field & Barrier Draw
Launceston Race 5 (8:40pm) – 09/12/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||9x245x2137||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Noel Callow||3||59kg||110|
|2||1x211215x5||ADMIRAL||Barry Campbell||Brendon McCoull||1||59kg||98|
|3||x52352558x||GLADSTONE||Scott Brunton||Craig Luttrell||2||59kg||82|
|4||7761363×26||STREETWISE SAVOIRE||Scott Brunton||David Pires||4||59kg||90|
|5||1303154×21||PLAYER ONE||Max Cowen||Anthony Darmanin||7||59kg||75|
|6||311x135x20||GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL||Stuart Gandy||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||8||57kg||83|
|7||x3141117x3||SPIRIT OF NIA||Tegan Keys||Damien Thornton (a)||6||57kg||82|
|8||5811||ONE SHOT OFF||Douglas Brazendale||Ms Shiralee Maher (a)||5||57kg||64|