TRAINER Rodney Walker renewed his affinity with the National Championships on Monday night at Launceston, with Gold Lenny scoring an upset victory in the Tasmanian Sprint Final.
The Spring Gun chaser gives Walker his second claim at National Sprint glory, after Blackberry Moss finished down the track behind Pure Octane in the 2005 Grand Final at Wentworth Park.
Bold Tarmoor (1986) and Lemon Moss (2004) were Tassie Distance representatives for Walker also and the Bagdad trainer heads into this year’s National Sprint Grand Final brimming with confidence.
“I was certain Gold Lenny was a huge chance after his heat effort – the dog just seemed to have changed his running action at the wrong time going through the first turn,” Walker said.
“This time I thought he could get a clear run coming from out wide off the track and once he got close behind Manila Dawn I knew he’d be hard to beat, it was a brilliant run.”
Punters had their faith firmly installed in the Brett Bravo-trained Manila Dawn which started the short-priced favourite at $1.70.
Showing brilliant pace soon after the jump, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble led easily through the first turn with Gold Lenny sitting just behind as they headed out of the straight.
At the finish, Gold Lenny, in search of his 11th win, railed strongly to grab the lead on the home corner and went on to score narrowly on the line from Zulu Knock’s in the time of 29.78.
Walker says that the Moss-bred line has provided plenty of success over the years, the line starting through former New South Wales-bred bitch Princess Alana.
Princess Alana’s mating to Awesome Assassin produced a litter of eight pups, including high quality chasers such as Lemon Moss, Blackberry Moss (granddam of Gold Lenny) and Old Berry Moss.