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06:30 AM 04 Dec 2016 NZDT
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Lennytheshark winning last years Inter Dominion

Will defending champion Lennytheshark take his spot in next Friday night's $1.1 million Perth Inter Dominion final? 

That’s the big question after David Aiken’s superstar pulled-up lame in both front legs after another shock defeat in his third-round qualifying heat at Gloucester Park last night.  

A remarkably open and honest Aiken said moments after the race: “He’s obviously 100 per cent. The Lennytheshark of his best would have won easily. 

“Chris (Alford, driver) said he didn’t feel right, even in the warm-up. It’s back to the drawing board and the next day or so is crucial. 

“We don’t think it’s anything serious, but the timing makes it tricky.” 

Lennytheshark was wayward in the score-up and almost broke, but Alford gathered him again and held the lead from the pole. 

A huge gasp when around Gloucester Park in the middle stages when Run Oneover drew alongside Lennytheshark, challenged for the front and ran straight past him. 

“He’d normally want to race another horse when it comes alongside him, but he didn’t tonight. He wasn’t right,” Alford said. 

“He still felt like he’d come and go straight past the winner on the home turn when the gap came, but he went roughly and didn’t finish it off.”  

Chairman of stewards Carl Coady said the on-course vet found Lennytheshark was lame in both front legs.

“Now it’s a case of him having to prove himself fit before we allow him to run in the final,” Coady said. 

The drama around Lennytheshark saw the Aussie TAB push his odds out from $3.20 to $7.50. 

In contrast, his stablemate Hectorjayjay firmed to a remarkably short $1.70 for the final after another sparkling heat win. He was unbeaten and seemingly unextended through the three heats. 

“I’m rapt. He won under a grip. Like Bunbury, I didn’t pull the plugs. He did that so easily,” driver Josh Aiken said.  

“He’s really thriving through the racing. Some people thought it could be a query, but it’s the opposite. He’s loving it and feeling better with each run. 

“He certainly didn’t get it all his own way tonight. Jimmy Johnstone really raced him through the middle stages as the times show, but Hector was always cruising.” 

Hectorjayjay’s 1min56sec mile rate for the 2536m was easily the fastest of the three heats last night. He ran home in a 1min54.7sec last mile, including closing splits of 56.2 and 28sec. 

The Bucket List ran a huge race for second, but it was only enough to make him first emergency in the final. He will make the field if Lennytheshark is scratched. 

Comeback pacer John Of Arc continued his terrific form with a slightly unlucky third. He sat behind the leader and didn’t have much racing room in the final stages. 



(barrier draw Sunday 8pm NZ time) 



Run Oneover 


Bling It On 

John Of Arc 

Beaudiene Boaz 

Bettors Fire 

Our Jericho 

Franco Nelson 

The Bucket List (1st emerg) 

Our Jimmy Johnstone (2nd emerg) 


Adam Hamilton

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