A new book chronicling the life of horse trainer Mick Burles captures the special relationship between him and the horse that shot to fame, The Cleaner.
The book explores Mr Burles’ rich history, as a farmer, truck driver, cook, and soldier. But he is best known as Cox Plate winning horse The Cleaner’s trainer, before he was acrimoniously taken off the job.
Horses have always been a feature in Mr Burles’ life, but it is clear he has a special regard for The Cleaner.
“When I first got him I knew he was special ... a shocker up-start bloody thing he was and I thought, ‘He’s for me’,” he said.
“I was really disappointed when I lost him. I was lost for a few weeks not getting up every morning and giving him a pat.”
Mr Burles said he was a bit overwhelmed to be the feature of a book.
“Peter Staples the author he rang me he said, ‘I’d like to write a book on you,’, you know, on me not just the horse and away he went and six months later there’s a book out,” he said.
The book, Mick and The Cleaner, is available now.