Lennytheshark’s amazing win in the $1.3-million Inter Dominion Grand Final at Gloucester Park was an all-Victorian triumph for the breeding industry.
Not only was the six-year-old entire sired by a Victorian-based stallion and out of a Victorian mare by the late Vic stallion Albert Albert but he was bred, raced, owned, trained and driven by Victoria’s finest participants.
‘Lenny’ is a product of the Cam’s Card Shark horse Four Starzzz Shark, who stands at the Avenel nursery, Empire Stallions, the sponsors of the Vicbred Super Series.
The newly crowned ID champion is a member of Four Starzzz Shark’s first ‘Down Under’ crop, and with a stakes tally of $1,450,992, is his richest progeny anywhere in the world.
Frith, the undisputed queen of Australian harness racing and the winner of $940,345, is also from Four Starzzz Shark’s initial crop.
Botswana, the dam of both Lennytheshark and Breeders Crown 2YO champion Led Suitcase, is owned by Shepparton breeder Kevin Newbound, the co-founder of Forest Lodge Stud and a member of the Victorian Harness Racing Hall of Fame.
Newbound has been breeding from Lennytheshark’s family for four generations dating back to the 1960’s. He mated Botswana with Four Starzzz Shark on the recommendation of Empire Stallions’ principal David James.
Botwana is a daughter of the Abercrombie horse Albert Albert, who stood for many years in Victoria at Stan & Audrey Walker’s Warwick Stud and Lynrose Stud for Graham & Lyn Ward. Albert Albert was owned and managed by David James & Donna Egan, principals of Empire Stallions.