Four-year-old Lite’N In My Veins finished fast to win today’s $100,000 Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont Park and trainer Fred Kersley announced plans to tackle an Ascot Group 1 double.
Kersley said the gelding would be entered in the $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 19 and the $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 3.
“He should be better suited from 1600m to 1800m,” Kersley said. “I thought today’s 1200m was too short for him.
“The horse has raced only six times and was today having his second start after a spell.
“He can make considerable improvement. I think he has a plenty of potential.”
Lite’N In My Veins’ next race will be the $150,000 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot’s opening in two weeks.
The race honours Kersley’s former champion Northerly, who won two Cox Plates, a Caulfield Cup and two Australian Cups.
Jockey Steven Parnham settled Lite’N In My Veins ($13) at the rear of an eight-horse field in the Birthday Stakes, which was run on a rain-affected track.
He charged down the outside to beat $2.45 favourite Great Shot, who set the pace, by 3/4 length. Miki Two Toes ($41) finished a close third after racing close behind leaders.
Solidly backed Wink And A Nod ($2.50) faded from third position on the home turn and ran sixth.
Lite’N In My Veins, who was topweight with 57.5kg in the Birthday Stakes, is raced in partnership by prominent breeder Neville Duncan.
Northerly was bred and part-owned by Duncan.
Story by Ernie Manning – The West Australian Newspaper