Shark trainer in unfamiliar territory

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    LENNYTHESHARK capturing the 2015 Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park - Photo Jodie Hallows

    VICTORIAN horseman David Aiken finds himself in unfamiliar territory with Lennytheshark heading into Friday night’s Inter Dominion Final at Gloucester Park.

    Traditionally among the favourites, Lennytheshark is on the fifth line of betting at $11 with TAB Fixed Odds.

    It’s been 32 months since the son of Four Starzzz Shark was at double figure odds, paying $12.80 in the 2015 Len Smith Mile where he finished third behind Smolda and Beautide.

    Beautide was the defending Inter Dominion champion, while Smolda went on to win the 2016 Final in Perth.

    “Has it been that long since he was paying that much?” Aiken said. “Just shoes how dominant he has been since then.

    “He’s done an amazing job and certainly isn’t showing any signs of slowing up.

    “The way he worked yesterday, those are good odds to take.

    “He could not be in better condition heading into the Final.”

    Successful in his opening heat, Lennytheshark finished third in his two subsequent qualifiers from a second row and wide draw.

    The stallion has fared slightly better in the $1.1million decider and will begin from gate six with Chris Alford in the cart.

    Diven by Alford to win the 2015 Final, Lennytheshark occupied the ‘death seat’ from barrier three before scoring from Lovers Delight and Flaming Flutter.

    “The draw has made it very interesting,” Aiken said. “There is a lot of talk about who will lead and how fast the first few hundred metres will be.

    “Lenny has shown plenty of times how quickly he can come out of the gate, but we’ll see what happens once the starter lets them go.

    “Chris is going to need plans A, B, C and D given the way the draw has unfolded.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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