The Cleaner is well-placed to win a second cup this month after winning at Longford on New Year’s Day.RISING star The Cleaner is challenging for favouritsm in Wednesday’s $100,000 Devonport Cup after attracting the top bid at the barrier draw-calcutta yesterday.
The Cleaner was clearly the most wanted horse at the calcutta selling for a bid of $1000 well in excess of race favourite Too Many Reds who was knocked down for $600.
Longford trainer Mick Burles said he couldn’t be happier with The Cleaner and was delighted when he was able to nominate barrier four for his stayer when the preferential barrier draw was held.
“Barrier four is perfect for him, it’s better than drawing one or two when there would be a chance he would get chopped out,” he said.
The Cleaner was second favourite at $5 in bookmaker Nick Whelan’s opening market behind the topweight Too Many Reds ($3.50) but that could change by Wednesday with further support expected for him.
Too Many Reds also drew favourably in barrier seven and the in-form five-year-old will have Craig Newitt in the saddle on Wednesday.
Too Many Reds clearly didn’t attract the same attention as The Cleaner yesterday and was sold for $600.
South Australian visitor Uchimura wasn’t afforded any favours in the barrier draw coming up with stall 10 but he still sold for $400 and was brought by transport operator Vern Poke.
The calcutta attracted a final pool of $3660 with the first prize being $2560.
Campania-trained Maybe French remains the only horse without a jockey and there was a doubt about the seven-year-old taking her place in the cup.
But trainer Michael Voss said after the mare had drawn barrier one that he was influenced to consider a start for her.
The Devonport Cup festivities continue tonight with a cocktail party at Spreyton Park.
The guest speaker will be Michael Dickinson the owner of Tapeta Footings Inc and the man responsible for laying Spreyton Park’s new $11 million synthetic track.
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