KEPT fresh since his success in last month’s Perth Inter Dominion, star pacer Lennytheshark is “ready to go”.
That’s the warning from trainer David Aiken ahead of Saturday night’s Petstock Ballarat Cup as Lennytheshark aims for a happy ‘homecoming’.
Lennytheshark hasn’t raced since capturing the $1.3million Inter Dominion Final at Gloucester Park on December 13.
“He is feeling great and is ready to go,” Aiken said. “He had a short break after getting back from Perth and has been working well since.
“He trialled well last week and has improved since. He is not far off his peak, but will tighten up further with the run.”
Despite drawing awkwardly along the second row, the son of Four Starzzz Shark has been installed a $1.80 favourite, with New Zealand raider Smolda considered his main danger at $4.
Lennytheshark will begin from gate nine, with Smolda to come out of five.
“I didn’t like the draw at first, but the more I looked at it, I feel it might work out well for us,” Aiken said. “From the second row he won’t be wrestling for an early spot, which could help over 2170 metres.”
- PAUL COURTS