Aiken focused on Shepparton

January 20, 2015 18:29:33 UK

Top trainer David Aiken will launch a three-pronged attack on the upcoming Summer of Glory starting this Saturday night at Shepparton.

Lennytheshark returns first-up in the Group 2 feature, the Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup, Spidergirl will contest the Group 3 George Gath, while Eljaykay Phoenix will launch his three-year-old career in the Saddleworld Trot.

Lennytheshark famously had Guaranteed’s measure last time when he proved 6.1m too good for the Emma Stewart trained star in the Vicbred Super Series Final for four-year-olds in a rate of 1:56 at Melton.

“He’s had three trials. Last week we stepped him up a bit and he trialled very good with a good last half,” Aiken said of Lenny.

“He just needs the racing now.

“We would have liked another run or two before the Victoria Cup but it just didn’t work out that way.”

Aiken said he had no concerns with Lennytheshark from the stand-start conditions on Saturday night.

“He takes things in his stride. He’s a good gaited horse,” he said.

“He’s been good at the trials from the stand a little bit on the slow side, but he’s had some practice at home.”

Spidergirl meanwhile will resume in the 2190-metre George Gath.

“Her work’s been good and she’ll improve with racing,” Aiken added.

“She’s still on the big side but we’re pretty happy with where she’s at.”

And last season’s juvenile trotting champion Eljaykay Phoenix has his first start this season in the last race at Shepparton from pole position.

“It’s great to have him back. He’s had two trials and won both of them,” he said.

“This looks a suitable race for him and we’ll go into the race pretty confident.”

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