Fresh Prince a threat to King’s throne

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    LOOK out Lenny!

    Despite another fantastic season, Lennytheshark’s stance as the King of David Aiken’s stable is in danger.

    Having already expressed a high opinion of well-bred two-year-old Higherthananeagle, Aiken is becoming increasingly impressed with the colt.

    In fact, following Higherthananeagle’s eye-catching victory at Ballarat last night, Aiken couldn’t hold back his excitement.

    “There is a lot to like about him,” Aiken said. “He is bred to be a nice horse and he certainly shows the ability to live up to his bloodlines.

    “He was unlucky when second upon debut when he didn’t handle the track, and maybe immaturity played a role, but he went as expected at Ballarat.

    “At this stage everything he has done suggests he will go a long way and can be one out of the box.

    “I’m very impressed with him and expect him to keep getting better with racing.”

    Driven by star reinsman Chris Alford, Higherthananeagle was caught three-wide from barrier six before making his way to the lead during the middle stages.

    With Alford sitting quietly in the cart, the freshman cruised to a soft 10-and-a-half metre win from Tam Major, with Kasbah Kid six metres away third in 1:56.1 over 1720 metres.

    “He’s done a bit of work to get to the front, then when he found the lead, he just did it as he pleased,” Aiken said. “Chris didn’t move on him and he won with plenty up his sleeve.”

    By Mach Three from Three Eagles, the youngster is a brother to Fly Like An Eagle and Mach Doro.

    Purchased at last year’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale by Kevin and Carol Riseley – who also own Lennytheshark with their son Martin – Higherthananeagle will have his next start in a heat of the Sale company’s race series.

    Qualifiers are scheduled to begin on April 7, with the Final to be conducted at Menangle on April 29.

    “He won’t have another run before the heats, which are in a couple of weeks,” Aiken said. “I’ll just keep him ticking along at home and may even give him a trial.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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