Lenny just lazy

by Adam Hamilton

Lennytheshark has a habit of stirring talk.

And it’s not always by winning feature races.

Now he’s an eight-year-old and with a history of injury issues, there is no shortage of ongoing speculation his old legs are feeling the pinch.

No doubt there’s some truth to it, but speculation he’s close to retirement is news to his driver, Chris Alford, and owner, Martin Riseley.

Talk emerged about a cloud over the champ’s future when he led and was rundown late by his only rival, handy free-for-aller It Is Billy, in a 1720m Melton trial on Monday.

“That’s news to me … and I think I’d know,” Riseley said. “They went 1.53 flat in the trial and Chris (Alford) didn’t knock him around when the other horse came at him late. It was a trial.”

Alford said Lennytheshark felt fine in the trial and after it.

“We all know how he goofs around a bit. He’s fine. I just let him run to the line under his own steam instead of really waking him up,” he said.

Lennytheshark will return to racing in the $50,000 Group Two Smoken Up (1720m) at Melton on Friday week.

Then it’s onto the $200,000 Group One Victoria Cup (2240m) eight days later.

Riseley said a third consecutive trip to Perth for the Inter Dominion later this year was also on the cards.

Lennytheshark won the 2015 Perth final and then succumbed to a nasty hoof abscess and was scratched after the third of rounds heats in last year’s series.