Popular Longford trainer Mick Burles won his first race for 18 months when Clean Acheeva broke her maiden status at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
The man who rose to fame as the trainer of Tasmanian cult hero The Cleaner, hadn’t been in the winner’s stall since What An Option scored at the same track in April last year.
Clean Acheeva, who had earned a minor stake cheque at all four runs since a spell, broke through in the Go Racing Tasmania Maiden after a good ride from Siggy Carr.
Carr got a gap between runners turning for home and Clean Acheeva ran down the leader Century Arrow to score by just over a length with Pennstock coming from last to finish third.
The winner is the only horse that Burles has in work.
She is raced by Bill Sutcliffe, of Melbourne, and Alan Charlton, of Launceston.
“Bill paid $27,500 for her at our sale so that I would have a horse to train after I lost The Cleaner,” Burles explained.
“She’s been consistent but this is the first time that she’s actually done everything right in a race.
“I think she’s got a bit of a future and will go further than 1400 metres.
“But she might go to the paddock now – I’ll have a think about it.”
Carr told Burles that Clean Acheeva wouldn’t be out of place in the Thousand Guineas over 1600m.
BRIGHTON trainer Terry Evans had a simple explanation for Turtles Nest’s win in the Benchmark 62 Handicap.
“We were just lucky that Scott Brunton didn’t have a runner in the race – his horses have beaten Turtles Nest at his past three starts,” Evans said.
Jockey Troy Baker gave Turtles Nest the run of the race from barrier 1 and went around only one horse, the leader Schillie Billie, on his way to a short neck win.
“I thought he’d get a perfect sit from that draw and the only worry would be getting a run,” Evans said.
“He’s not a brilliant horse so we’ll just pick off races as we can.
“Since we gelded him, he’s only missed a place once.”
CRAIG NEWITT’S frustrating run of seconds came to an end on Greenmount Lass in the Class 3 Handicap.
“But I was getting a bit worried near the line,” Newitt said after scoring by a half head on the Kaye Milne-trained mare.
“I always thought I had the second horse (Toorak Affair) covered but it fought on very strongly and we just couldn’t put it away.”
Newitt was runner-up five times at the previous Mowbray meeting.
Greenmount Lass rolled to the front early but Newitt took a sit when outsider Grand Faith wanted the lead.
The winner was $2.05 favourite with Axion (third) backed from $3.80 to $2.80.