Story by Jay Rooney, courtesy of The West Australian Newspaper
Fred Kersley choked back tears after Lite’n In My Veins scored an emotional win for the master trainer in yesterday’s $150,000 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.
For Kersley, it was his first victory in the race named after his champion galloper Northerly, who won two Caulfield Cups, two Australian Cups and a Cox Plate.
Lite’n In My Veins could be the next horse to deliver Kersley a Group 1 victory after claiming his second straight feature win.
Heavily backed into $5.50, Lite’n In My Veins stormed home from seventh on the turn to nail Ideal Image ($14) by a half-head in a thrilling finish.
Perfect Reflection, the $2.80 favourite, had a perfect run in fifth position and ran on well for third, beaten three-quarters of a length.
“I’ve got to say it is emotional,” Kersley said.
“It brings back great memories. He’s not another Northerly but he’s a great horse.
“For this horse to come along today and win the race when it probably wasn’t expected is a great thrill.”
Lite’n In My Veins, who also won the Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont Park a fortnight ago, looms as a big chance in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) next month.
But Kersley said he will continue to be patient with the four-year-old, who has won five of seven starts.
“We’ve got him up in the weights and if you’re going to win the Railway you don’t really want to do that,” Kersley said.
“I’ve always said we’ll take it one step at a time with this horse.
“I’m prepared to be more patient and take the races as they come. There’s no one goal, we’ll just do the right thing by the horse.”
Jockey Steven Parnham said Lite’n In My Veins was an exciting prospect.
“He was able to cover Perfect Reflection good but the other horse gave me something to chase down,” Parnham said.
“I wouldn’t say he did it with something in reserve but he still did it quite well.”
Lite’n In My Veins is now the $8 second favourite for the Railway with the TAB.