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The Cleaner Named TAS HOTY

Monday, 24th August 2015

One of Australia's most popular gallopers The Cleaner was crowned Horse of the Year at the Tasmanian Thoroughbred Awards dinner in Launceston on Friday night. Trained by Mick Burles, The Cleaner was one of three Magic Millions graduates as finalists in the big award with Banco Mo and Genuine Lad the others along with homebreds Admiral and Geegees Blackflash. The Cleaner, who was bred by Owen and Sandra Atkins, was purchased by Burles for $10,000 at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at Launceston. As it stands he's already earned over $1 million and judging on his recent outstanding first up run in the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield the 8YO is in for another great campaign. In other awards Gee Gees Top Notch won the Magic Millions 2YO of the Year and Admiral won the Star Thoroughbreds 3YO of the Year. New inductees to the Hall of Fame tonight were horses St Albans and Mendeara Etoile, jockey William Bevis, trainers Leon Wells and Neil Richardson and associates David Yaxley and Robyn Whishaw of Armidale Stud. Leviathan owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard won the TROA Leading Owner Award for a fifth consecutive season, while David Pires and Ismail Toker were the leading jockey and apprentice respectively. Scott Brunton was the Leading Trainer with 60 winners for an impressive sixth year in a row after five straight with his father in partnership. Grenville Stud received an Industry Recognition Award for breeding Mongolian Khan, while the Industry Award was won by The Cleaner's trainer Mick Burles. Completing the winners on the night were:

  • Wordsmith - Leading Tasmanian-based Juvenile Stallion
  • Savoire Vivre - Leading Tasmanian-based Sire
  • Centafit - Leading Broodmare
  • Geegees Goldengirl - Leading Racemare of Filly
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