Trainer David Aiken has confirmed Lennytheshark will sit out next week's Shepparton Cup after returning to Victoria later than expected.
The star pacer had been in Perth contesting the Inter Dominion Championships, but only returned home last week, forcing Aiken to rethink his plans.
A short spell and then the lack of flights back home, were the cause of the delay and Aiken says next week's Group 2 has now come too soon.
"We were planning on having him in the Shepparton Cup, but he only got home from Perth last week because he couldn't get a flight," Aiken explained.
"I thought he would only be there for a week, so turned him out, but he was there for two weeks which puts us behind a bit.
"He'll have to miss the Shepparton Cup now but I will look to give him a solid trial somewhere."
Aiken now says he has earmarked the Ballarat Cup on 20th January as Lennytheshark's next outing, before taking on the A G Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton on 3rd February.
"Now I will have to trial him and then go to the Ballarat Cup," Aiken added. "He's then got the Hunter Cup a couple of weeks later.
"He had a long campaign in Perth, so the break hasn't done him any harm...if anything, it could be a blessing in disguise."
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