Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

It’s no longer a case of the master versus apprentice for Frank and Joe Cleary at Rosehill.

Yet a rare trip to Sydney for the Queanbeyan trainers will still be an experience to savour.

Father and son would have been pitted against each other in the Country Classic (2000m) on Saturday until Rosaruby drew barrier 18.

“I think he had one look at the barrier draws and said, ‘I can’t beat the old fella from there’,” Frank Cleary said.

The 69-year-old, who trained 1999 Golden Slipper winner Catbird, clearly relished the rivalry.

“A couple of years back one of Joe’s horses looked like it was home and one of mine of knocked it off,” he said.

“He didn’t know I was behind him when he said, ‘I wish the old bugger would retire’.”

Cleary started training in 1972 and has no plans to give the game away, although he only has two or three in work, a short trot from Joe’s own small-scale operation.

“I’m looking for a few more but all my clients have died. You turn around and another one’s gone,” he said.

Cleary rarely brings a runner to Sydney these days but he is confident That’s Freedom will justify the trip.

The seven-year-old gelding launched his 57-race career with Peter Moody and has had only one previous start in Sydney, at Canterbury in August, 2015.

“He’s a lovely old horse. He’s just a pleasure to be around,” Cleary said.

“He’s in his big yard under the trees during the day, he has a roll around and away he goes again.”

That’s Freedom is seeking his eighth-career win and third this preparation.

Joe Cleary started training in 2000 and usually has between 15 and 20 horses in work.

He said the barrier draw forced him to race Rosaruby in a benchmark 65 handicap at Goulburn on Sunday but he still has three-year-old gelding Up Trumpz and mare Lasting Shadow running at Rosehill.

Up Trumpz won first-up in Queanbeyan and returns to his own age group in a benchmark 71 handicap after running against older horses in Gundagai’s Snake Gully Cup.

Cleary, who has had only a dozen runners in Sydney, hopes Lasting Shadow’s first Highway Handicap will pay dividends down he track.

“If she can be city placed it’ll help her residual value in 12 months time when she goes to stud,” he said.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Top Queensland trainer blacklists Eagle Farm

David Vandyke has become the first trainer to officially pull the plug on the Eagle Farm track announcing that he...

Racing punter turns $4 multi bet into $24,000

One TAB punter has enjoyed the Australia Day racing at Caulfield after collecting over $24,000 from a $4 multi. The...

Watch 📺 Breathtaking debut by potential star ⭐️

Some people knew he had enormous talent but when he drew gate 15 for his first ever assignment, a few...

Isotope cleared for a Sydney autumn cameo

Extensive tests have cleared Isotope from any serious injury arising from her Magic Millions Guineas scare. Isotope clipped the heels...

Star 3YO suffers a career-threatening leg injury

Promising three-year-old Glenfiddich is out of the autumn carnival after suffering a career-threatening leg injury. Trainer Peter Moody confirmed the...

Corey Brown fighting for spinal surgery

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown is waiting on a court hearing before he can hopefully be cleared to have...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.