The Cleaner to Feel The Pressure in 2015 Cox Plate

October 21st, 2015

Mick Burles is thrilled with the condition of popular gelding The Cleaner ahead of his run in the 2015 Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday, but has conceded the noted pace setter will not get an easy run at the fore of the talent-rich field.

The Cleaner will leave from barrier 2 in the 2015 Cox Plate. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Cleaner will leave from barrier 2 in the 2015 Cox Plate. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Cleaner has returned to racing in typically slick form this time; running a close second in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up before securing ballot-free entry into the Cox Plate with a second-consecutive win in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 6th.

Having since run third in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 26th, Burles told Racing Ahead he is confident Noel Callow will again delivered a top-class ride on the standout son of Savoire Vivre but conceded the horse will be under plenty of pressure from the outside despite his draw of barrier 2.

“I reckon he’ll get a bit of pressure on him on Saturday. Arod and Highland Reel, they’ll be just outside him, they’ll put a bit of pressure on him,” Burles said.

Mourinho will probably come across, Fawkner I don’t know.

“Well I reckon he’s about 3-4 lengths better off, stronger, bigger.

“He sat four-wide for about 800m last year. No fault of the jockey, he drew 14.

“They weren’t going to let him lead those three-year-olds.

“Barrier two sounds a lot better to me.”

Posting nineteen wins and a further sixteen minors through 52 career starts so far, The Cleaner stamped himself as up to the class through a breakout 2014 spring campaign; winning both the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes and Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) before placing a credible ninth in the Cox Plate.

Ending his impressive season third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), The Cleaner returned to racing this year for second in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) before running a pleasing fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and fifth in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m).

Charged with carrying 59kgs, The Cleaner is currently available at 2015 Cox Plate odds of $21 for success or $6 to finish in the first three with leading online bookie

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