TASMANIA’S racing industry will say its final farewell to Mick Burles tomorrow (Thursday) at what should be a packed house for the former trainer’s funeral service at Riverlands church in Wellington Street, Longford.
Burles was one of the most popular Tasmanian trainers to throw a saddle on a horse and his journey with his stable star The Cleaner captured the imagination of a nation.
The Cleaner’s feats on the track interstate paved the way for Burles to hob-nob it with the elite for a short while and the good he did for Tasmanian racing at the time was immeasurable.
Losing his long-time battle with emphysema was inevitable but he did manage to realise a final wish and that was a desire to die in his sleep.
Burles, 69, was one of the real characters of racing and it was his knockabout manner that warmed him to the nation as he campaigned his stable star on the big stage.
He knew how to spin a yarn and was always prepared to give his opinion on most things but it was his love of his best mate Bill (aka The Cleaner) that endeared him to the racing public.
Tributes to Burles have flooded media outlets around Australia since the news broke of his death on Sunday.
The Cleaner’s feats gave fame to Burles’ racing colours and his daughter Carissa Burles confirmed a set of her Dad’s racing silks will be draped over his coffin at the service.
Burles’ funeral service will start at 12.30pm.