Lenny strikes Gold

09 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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Gold Lenny upstaged a star-studded field in the State Final of the National Sprint Championship on Monday night at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston. Gold Lenny, owned and trained by Rod Walker, qualified for the Final by running a fast finishing fourth to Zulu Knock’s in the Heat but was friendless in betting for the Final, starting at odds of $50.50.

The Brett Bravo-prepared Manila Dawn recorded the fastest-heat win last week and was popular pick from Box-eight. The track specialist was fast away and led Gold Lenny through the first corner, but she was unable to pinch a break down the back stretch. Gold Lenny showed great tenacity to stay with Manila Dawn coming to the home turn, with Zulu Knock’s starting to chime in and Chief Jetpilot warming to the task from a mile back.

With the pressure well and truly on, Gold Lenny railed up inside the favourite to hit the front on straightening and then hold the barnstorming finish of Zulu Knock’s to win by a neck in a personal best time of 29.78 seconds, with Manila Dawn a further neck away third, just ahead of the flying Chief Jetpilot.

Rod Walker is no stranger to National Finals, as a breeder, owner and trainer. The Walker kennel won the State Distance Championship in 1986 with Bold Tarmoor, and again in 2004 with Lemon Moss. And Blackberry Moss won the 2005 State Sprint Title for Rod, before commencing duties as a matron.

One of her best-performed pups on the track was Marananga Moss, the result of a mating with Hallucinate. The speedy black bitch notched up nine wins from 36 starts, but as history will now show, more importantly, she is the dam of the 2017 State Sprint representative Gold Lenny.

The $75,000 Finals of both the Distance and Sprint Championships will be staged at Albion Park in Brisbane on Friday, August 25.

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