Popular galloper The Cleaner thrilled the Gelagotis stable with his latest step in his comeback to racing at Monday’s Cranbourne trials.
The Cleaner arrived at Peter Gelagotis’s Moe stable earlier in the year after suffering an injury whilst with the previous trainer Mick Burles during the Tasmanian summer carnival.
The Cleaner had a jumpout at Cranbourne on July 4 before returning to the training for an official trial on synthetic track on Monday morning to continue his build-up to his planned return in the Group II PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield next month.
The Cleaner led throughout to win the 1000m hit-out with Steven Arnold aboard by six lengths over the Group I winner Escado while the Launceston Cup runner-up Arianne was third, another 3 ½ lengths away.
Stable manager Manny Gelagotis said the synthetic track trial fitted best into The Cleaner’s program and the rising nine-year-old did everything connections wanted in the workout.
"The horse trialled really well and he’s pretty much on target – he went great,” Gelagotis said.
"The pleasing aspect coming out of the trial was his action was really good and Stevie (Arnold) gave a glowing report on what he felt. He was very happy.
"We used the opportunity to travel the horse away (from Moe) and use those chances to give him his serious hit-outs with smaller gallops in between and putting a lot more emphasis on the trials.
"He’s getting really switched on. He’s a racehorse we all know that and the trials have done him the world of good.”
Gelagotis said a shot at a third win in the Group II Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley was The Cleaner’s main spring goal.