One of the greatest pacers to grace Australian trotting tracks in the modern era has run his last race.
Connections toyed and then made their decision to pull the pin on the racing career of the Avenel trained nine-year-old Lennytheshark after his third placing behind Ameretto and stablemate Im The Boss at Melton on May 26.
Lenny would have won that race and won it easily in his prime and that’s when connections decided his time had finally come.
There has been a huge Goulburn Valley connection to Lennytheshark.
He was bred by renowned Congupna breeder Kevin Newbound and was bought as a weanling out of the paddock by Shepparton businessman Kevin Riseley who conducts Sheron Park stud at Arcadia.
Riseley and his Shepparton businessman son Martin have raced Lenny during his stellar season. He has delivered them many magical moments — an Inter Dominion final in Perth, two Victoria Cups, a Miracle Mile a NSW Derby, just to name a few.
Although he spent his two-year-old days and some of his three-year-old career with John Justice, Avenel trainer David Aiken and reinsman Chris Alford have landed most of the pacer’s significant wins.
Lenny’s 82 starts, in which he gathered a cult following, produced 39 wins, 20 seconds and 13 thirds for staggering prize money of more than $3 million.
Lennytheshark will now be prepared for a stud career.
Two prominent Victorian studs and one from NSW are currently negotiating to stand the stallion and a decision on his future home is likely to be decided soon.
Lenny is by the Cam’s Card Shark stallion Four Starzzz Shark out of the Albert Albert mare Botswana, who has left four other winners.
But none quite like Lennytheshark.