Former Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner is set to attempt his third straight Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes victory this spring before his new training team decide whether or not to press onto the Cox Plate 2016.
Under previous horseman Mick Burles, champion Savoire Vivre gelding The Cleaner enjoyed great success including having won the past two editions of Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).
Connections transferred the rising nine-year-old to the Victorian stables of Peter Gelagotis at the end of last year following the veteran’s last Tasmanian run in the Listed Conquering WFA (1400m) at Launceston in December.
Stable manage Manny Gelagotis is confident the team can get the injury-prone galloper back to his best for a third shot at the Dato second-up this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“There hasn’t been a lot of major issues with him,” he told Racenet this week.
“There were signs of a small lesion in his suspensory ligament but that has been rehabilitated back to 100 percent soundness and he’s a very happy horse.
“He had his first gallop on the course proper at Moe on Tuesday morning.
“He wasn’t asked to do too much against the clock but Peter is really, really happy with him.”
The $1.33 million earner returned to work on Tuesday and Gelagotis confirmed they were looking at a resuming run in the $200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 13.
“I think he’ll run in the first two races that he ran in last year – the PB Lawrence into the Dato,” he said.
“The owners are really keen to try and win the Dato for three years in a row. Whatever happens either side of that is a bonus.”
Last season The Cleaner ran a nice second to Mourinho in the weight-for-age clash before successfully defending his Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes title.
He then went on to run third to Mourinho in Caulfield’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) back at Caulfield in late September, which was his second Group 1 placing after his third to Hucklebuck in the 2014 Emirates Stakes over the Flemington mile.
This year’s Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes runs on September 3 and if The Cleaner is successful in the $250,000 weight-for-age mile feature, he will the first triple winner of the race since Shorengro (1968-70).
After his Dato’ run, Gelagotis will re-evaluate whether or not to target Australasia’s weight-for-age championship for a third year, the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) running at Moonee Valley in late October.
“We’ll see where he’s at,” Gelagotis said.
“He’ll be nommed for all of the features, but running in them will be form permitting.”
The Cleaner ran ninth to Adelaide in the 2014 Cox Plate and finished seventh to Winx last year.
Winx is the short-priced $3 favourite in futures Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to take out the event again, while The Cleaner is a $101 roughie shot in the all-in markets.
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