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Six-Length Improvement In Cleaner: Burles
Trainer Mick Burles says that popular Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner (Savoire Vivre-Dash of Scotch, by Blessington) has improved out of sight ahead of Saturday's Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. The Cleaner was narrowly beaten by top Tasmanian 3YO Admiral when resuming in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) at Launceston two weeks ago, but Burles says the 7YO has benefitted greatly from the run. "He's lovely. He's all ready to go," Burles told RSN radio. "He's taken heaps of improvement out of his first run. He's tightened right up. I reckon he's improved six lengths - he was a bit soft first-up." He added, "He's had three good gallops since. He's right on song now." While Burles is expecting The Cleaner to be competitive on Saturday, he acknowledges it will be a tough race to win with the likes of Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, multiple Gr1 winners Happy Trails and Foreteller, New Zealand Derby & Thorndon Mile winner Puccini, and globetrotting galloper Red Cadeaux all engaged. "It's a hard race but he'll be there the last 100 metres. The only thing about Flemington is that they (his rivals) have a longer straight to pick him up," Burles said. Burles believes The Cleaner's best chance of success lies in exploiting his trademark catch-me-if-you-can tactics. "Steve (jockey Steven Arnold) rides him a bit different to most of the other riders. He doesn't push him early. He just lets him find his feet and gradually go to the lead, whereas the others punch him to the lead," Burles said. "I'd rather him be ridden the way Steve does, and then probably go a bit early at the 1000m or 800m and make them chase to take the sprint out of them." Burles has previously stated that The Cleaner will be restricted to a light autumn campaign, with the Australian Cup to be his final start before heading to the paddock to prepare for the spring.