Tasmanian racing legend Mick Burles is confident he will soon win another race with the one horse still carrying his famous black and blue colours.
An ailing Burles, who now lives in a retirement village at Longford, has kept a silent share in four-year-old mare Clean Acheeva who ran second at Sale on Sunday.
”She’s the only one I’ve got left – I’ve given away all the others,” Burles said.
“Ken Keys is training her now and she’s going really well so I’m looking forward to her winning another race when she gets over a bit more ground.
“The Sale race was only 1400m and she won’t show her best until she gets to 2000m.”
Clean Acheeva was one of Burles’ last runners as a trainer when she finished just behind the placegetters in last year’s Strutt Stakes and Tasmanian Oaks.
The man who prepared cult horse The Cleaner for most of his career, was then forced into retirement by ill-health.
But he described life in his retirement home as “bloody beautiful.”
“I can’t do much these days, I can’t walk around, but I’m really enjoying it here,” he said.
“Especially since I got Sky Channel put on!”
Siggy Carr will miss the $30,000 Alfa Bowl meeting at Mowbray on Wednesday night due a Devonport Cup day suspension.
Stewards found that Carr allowed He’s Rushin’ to shift in at the 250m mark of the Class 1 Plate causing Skip Town Mike to be checked.
She was suspended for one meeting but allowed to fulfil her commitments in Hobart last Friday when she won the $100,000 Tasmanian Guineas on The Inevitable and also scored on Miss Smith.
Jason Maskiell also fell foul of the stewards in Melbourne on Saturday.
The Tasmanian was suspended for 10 meetings (four metro and six provincial) for careless riding on Call Me Handsome in the Chester Manifold Stakes.
Stewards said the interference was mid-range but they took into Maskiell’s “excellent record” when assessing penalty.
Victorian stewards reported that Tasmania’s top sprinter I’m Wesley was suffering “mild heat stress” after his unplaced run at Flemington on Saturday.
Trainer Glenn Stevenson now plans to avoid racing the six-year-old in Melbourne over the warmer months.
In the short term I’m Wesley has two perfect targets coming up in Hobart – the $50,000 Sky Stakes (1200m) on January 27 and $100,000 Thomas Lyons (1400m) on February 10, both at WFA.