Lennytheshark 2015 Interdom Champ photo credit Jodie Hollows
Is the 2017 Interdominion shaping up to be a two horse race? Of course the race is full of promising chances, but lets take a moment to take a look at the top two contenders coming into the series. From the Allstars racing stables, Superstar Stallion Lazarus
and the Aiken Trained Peoples champion Lennytheshark.
LAZARUS Photo credit Ashlea Brennan Photography
Top ranked pacer Lazarus
, is heading to Perth coming off the back of a blistering win in the New Zealand Trotting Cup. The runaway favourite did just that, ran away from a top field in the $800,000 Group 1 race in Addington. Once he found the front it was game over for his rivals rating a mile rate of 1:54.7 . The sensational New Zealander has an impeccable front running record with rivals unable to get past him. Lazarus’ weakness in the past has been when he has had to come from behind and make ground on his rivals. So with the Perth Interdominion looming , it will take a field with the boldness to challenge, dictate and control to upset this machine.
LENNY THE SHARK Photo Credits Ashlea Brennan Photography
2nd in the rankings is Australia’s sweetheart Lennytheshark
. Touted as the peoples horse, Lenny wowed spectators in the $30,000 Yarra Valley Cup in a mile rate of 1:55.4, knocking 4.7 seconds off the existing track record held by RESTREPO. Lenny found the front early and had the competition off the bit around the home bend and was strong to the line. He has already cemented his place in history as an all time great having won a Miracle Mile , Interdominion and Victoria Cup. After a perfect hit out in the Yarra Valley Cup he now heads to Perth to hopefully secure another Interdom title. Time will tell if this professional racehorse gets the job done once again.
A series like the Interdominion is never going to be a 2 horse race, but history shows that we are drawn to a good old fashioned rivalry. So maybe for the sake of pre-series hype and excitement, Lazarus and Lenny can join the long list of harness racing rivalries like… Gammalite VS Popular Alm, Village Kid VS Preux Chevalier, Smoken Up VS I’m TheMightyQuinn, Shakamaker VS Christian Cullen and many more…..