Retail billionaire Gerry Harvey will be watching Queanbeyan’s race meeting on Monday with interest, when two of his Joe Cleary trained horses take to the track.
Landlocked and General Explorer are both listed to compete in race six, the 1600 metre Benchmark 70 Handicap.
Landlocked is entirely owned by Harvey, whereas General Explorer is split with nine other owners.
Trainer Joe Cleary said that he had great confidence in Landlocked, a new acquisition for the Queanbeyan based trainer, and that it was a good chance for a win on Monday.
“He won his first start for me at Wagga and he’s improved since that win. I have no worries at all that he’ll get the cash on Monday,” Cleary said.
After a run of lean results prior to his 15 month spell, the eight year old’s win in Wagga Wagga two weeks ago came as a welcome result for both owner and trainer.
Cleary said that his relationship with Harvey has blossomed over the past few months, with seven horses in Cleary’s fifteen horse stable now at least part owned by the billionaire.
“It’s been a really good association with Gerry. He’s an absolute gentleman to deal with. He calls a spade a spade and we get along quite well,” he said.
The trainer travelled to Queensland over the winter for the yearling sales, and met with Harvey, who gave Cleary two more horses to train.
“He’s happy with the job I’m doing… He’s so professional. We click quite well,” he said.
Cleary mentioned he had particularly high hopes for another of Harvey’s part owned mares, Stolen Kisses, over the spring period.
“She’s my pin-up horse for the spring,” he said.
“She’ll be racing in Sydney on Saturday week at Rose Hill, and then she’ll race again in the Golden Pendant.”
Stolen Kisses will also be participating in the Magic Millions Carnival, an event co-owned by Gerry Harvey, in January next year.