Champion Victorian superstar Lennytheshark made mincemeat of his rivals in Saturday night’s $200,000 (Group 1) Allied Express Victoria Cup over 2240 metres at Melbourne’s harness headquarters Tabcorp Park Melton.
Trained to the minute by Avenel’s David Aiken, Lennytheshark with Victoria’s leading reinsman Chris Alford in the sulky was sent out a prohibitive $1.20 favourite after drawing the coveted pole position as most expected he was an automatic leader which he was.
Travelling beautifully, Lenny kicked clear at the straight entrance to record an easy 3.6 metre margin in advance of in-form mare Ameretto along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Sydneysider Tiger Tara (one/two) running home strongly to finish third a head away.
Another NSW participant Yayas Hot Spot was fourth after trailing the winner. A 8Y0 entire by Four Starzzz Shark from Botswana raced by Kevin and Martin Riseley, Lennytheshark returned a slick mile rate of 1-53.2 which was 7 tenths of a second outside Lazarus’ track record set earlier this year.
– Len Baker