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The cult like status over Mick Burles’s exciting Tassie raider The Cleaner continued in earnest today after the veteran galloper scored an impressive Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2014 victory leading into a Cox Plate bid next month.
The markets for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Ladbrokes.com.au are sure to be reshuffled with Savoire Vivre seven-year-old The Cleaner to hit the top of the odds after proving a genuine weight-for-age contender at Moonee Valley.
An awesome guide to the October 25 feature, the $250,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) has produced plenty of Cox Plate winners over the years including dual champions of Australia’s weight-for-age champions Fields Of Omagh (2002), Northerly (2011) and Sunline (2000m).
Coming into the Dato on the back of four top two runs this prep, The Cleaner was the best backed horse on the day firming right into $4.60 favouritism at Ladbrokes.com.au.
It was an historical Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes result too as he became the first horse in 30 years to win having had more than two lead-up runs.
“He’s a bloody champion,” Burles told TVN post-win.
Today jockey Steven Arnold, winner of the 2010 Cox Plate aboard another dual champion So You Think, had the ride on the people’s horse from the Apple Isle after Noel Callow rode The Cleaner for his lead-up win at the track and distance a month back.
In his typical front-rolling style reminiscent of the great six-time Group 1 Vo Rogue, The Cleaner was fast away from barrier two and went straight to the lead.
In a controlled ride from Arnold the favourite lead from the next best in betting, last start PB Lawrence Stakes winner Star Rolling.
The Cleaner held that lead then in an all-the-way effort with Arnold giving him a crack of the whip with about 600m left to travel that woke up the eventual winner and saw him charge to the line to finish a length ahead of Moonee Valley track specialist Mourinho, forced to race wide throughout, for trainer Peter Gelagotis.
In a close third for Chris Waller, who earlier prepared the first six past the post in Sydney’s Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), was a weaving Foreteller whose only other run at the track was a fourth to Shamus Award in last year’s Cox Plate.
Rival jockey Luke Nolen aboard fourth past the post Lidari lodged a protest against Foreteller and his hoop Glen Boss after the latter looked to have knocked the Peter Moody-trained runner when sneaking through a gap in the closing stages, however stewards dismissed the objection.
Burles was shaken with excitement after the Dato victory and confirmed it had always been his plan to run The Cleaner in this with the aim of securing a Cox Plate bid.
“It was a test to see whether he could measure up to the others,” he said.
“Well I think he did.
“I’m going to (go to the Cox Plate). That’s all I was aiming for.”
Next-up for The Cleaner then will be a rematch with today’s runner-up Mourinho in the $200,000 Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) back at Moonee Valley on September 26.
Then it will be onto Cox Plate Day with the spectators likely to turn out in droves to watch this battler form Longford who has proven the best horse to come over from Tasmania to the main land in the past 20 years.
“He’s really captured the imagination of the racing people and the public with his tough front running style,” Arnold said.
“I was wrapped to have the ride and really thrilled for everyone that he could get the job done today.”
As for the horse’s chances in the Cox Plate, Arnold said he would be right in the mix.
“He’s the sort of horse, he makes you uncomfortable,” he said speaking of The Cleaner’s ability to get his rivals out of their comfort zones.
“He’ll make a few uncomfortable if he runs it (the Cox Plate).”
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2014 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Moonee Valley Race 7 – 06/09/2014
|1||4||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Steven Arnold||–||2||59kg||$4.40F|
|2||5||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||0.75L||10||59kg||$14|
|3||1||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||1.15L||11||59kg||$7|
|4||7||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1.25L||8||59kg||$9|
|5||2||THE OFFER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1.75L||6||59kg||$10|
|6||9||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||1.85L||4||59kg||$5|
|7||10||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||Mark Zahra||2.6L||9||59kg||$41|
|8||3||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||3.85L||1||59kg||$61|
|9||6||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price||Nicholas Hall||4.05L||5||59kg||$6|
|10||11||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||12.05L||7||59kg||$10|
|11||8||HVASSTAN||Peter Gelagotis||Dwayne Dunn||15.3L||3||59kg||$41|
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