LEADING trainer David Aiken has issued an ominous warning to potential rivals ahead of next week’s Victoria Cup.
As though Lennytheshark’s performance to capture the Smoken Up Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton just moments ago was scary enough, Aiken stated his stable flagship will improve before the Grand Circuit opener.
First-up since last July, the son of Four Starzz Shark worked to the lead from barrier seven before sprinting to an eight-and-a-half metre win from My Field Marshal, with Tee Cee Bee Macray a head away third.
Lennytheshark rated 1:51.9 over 1720 metres, taking his record to 35 wins and 27 placings from 68 starts for earnings of $2,686,985.
“He’s just a marvel,” Aiken said. “I knew he was forward enough to win, but to do it as easy as he did was terrific to watch.
“He hasn’t raced for three months and that run will do him the world of good. There is no doubt he will improve for the Victoria Cup.”
Following the Group One, Lennytheshark will tackle a suitable free-for-all before being taken to Western Australia for next month’s Inter Dominion.
Opening heats of the time-honoured Championship are due to be run at Gloucester Park on November 24.
Lennytheshark annexed the 2015 Inter Dominion before missing last season’s Final due to soreness.
“I want to give him another start after the Cup before we head over to Perth,” Aiken said. “I’ll have to have a look at the programs and see what is around.”
- PAUL COURTS