Forced change of plans for Shark

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    LENNYTHESHARK - Photo Jodie Hallows

    A LACK of suitable travel options has forced a change in plans with top pacer Lennytheshark.

    Originally scheduled to contest next week’s Shepparton Cup, Lennytheshark will bypass the Group Two according to trainer David Aiken.

    Sent for a short break following his Inter Dominion campaign in Perth last month, Lennytheshark’s spell was extended due to a lack of return flights to Victoria.

    As such, the son of Four Starzzz Shark has missed more training than anticipated.

    “We were planning on having him in the Shepparton Cup, but he only got home from Perth last week because he couldn’t get a flight,” Aiken explained.

    “I thought he would only be there for a week, so turned him out, but he was there for two weeks which puts us behind a bit.

    “He’ll have to miss the Shepparton Cup now but I will look to give him a solid trial somewhere.”

    With his plans realigned, Aiken has earmarked the Ballarat Cup on January 20 as Lennytheshark’s next outing.

    The stallion will then be primed for the A G Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton on February 3.

    “Now I will have to trial him and then go to the Ballarat Cup,” Aiken said. “He’s then got the Hunter Cup a couple of weeks later.

    “He had a long campaign in Perth, so the break hasn’t done him any harm…if anything, it could be a blessing in disguise.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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