Patience has always been a key to the success of breeder Neville Duncan and trainer Fred Kersley and their approach has led to the unveiling of a future star, Lite’n In My Veins.
The three-year-old was making his debut in Saturday’s Group 3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) and courtesy of a brilliant Douglas Whyte ride, prevailed in ominous fashion to become the first Australian stakes winner for his sire Henrythenavigator.
Whyte, a 13-times premiership-winning jockey in Hong Kong, said after the race that the gelding had the potential to win a Group 1.
The 2012 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic winner Hard Ball Get was sold to Hong Kong and it wouldn’t be a major shock if Lite’n In My Veins was the subject of intense interest from overseas.
Duncan paid $50,000 for Lite’n In My Veins’ dam Beauty World in foal to Henrythenavigator at the 2012 Sydney Easter broodmare sale.
“The stud book changed the rules and you must have breaks between the words now so you can’t have names like Whobegot-you,” Duncan said.
“I had wanted Lightninginmyveins. I told the stud book I had waited for this name for years and they helped me out by playing around with it to get what we have.”
The mare had produced two foals to race for two winners, with Loveyamadly and the Group 1-placed two-year-old American Crew. Dual Sydney Group winner Hi World is now also on the page.
“Henrythenavigator was out of fashion, but she was just a beautiful broodmare,” he said.
Duncan, who has bred Northerly and Marasco, said he had a good feeling about Lite’n In My Veins. Northerly and Marasco did not begin their stellar careers until they were three.
“Fred is a great trainer and did a fantastic job to win a Group 3 first-up,” Duncan said.
“The horse still has a lot to learn. We like to let our horses mature and then get a longer life out of them.
“You get a feeling about a horse and I can’t help but get excited.”
Lite’n In My Veins will be back at Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud this week to spell.
Duncan’s Blackfriars filly Blackwood, who ran a brave fifth in the Group 1 Tabtouch Kingston Town Classic (1800m) behind Perfect Reflection, could line up in the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) at Ascot on December 19.