Cox Plate barrier draw a help for The Cleaner

Mick Burles says The Cleaner has the barrier draw in his favour for his second attempt to win the $3 million Cox Plate.

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“If he’s in front they’ve got to catch him and he won’t be sitting four wide for 800 metres,” Burles said.

“They’re world-class horses but who’s to say this fellow’s not either.

“We’ll find out tomorrow.”

Burles said The Cleaner was bigger and stronger than in 2014 when he ran ninth from a wide barrier.

The Cleaner will start from barrier two on Saturday.

“I wasn’t very happy last year but I think this year he’s got the barrier draw and everything in his favour,” Burles said.

“I think he’s probably two (to) three lengths a better horse than he was last year.”


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