Lite’n In My Veins is one of the hottest properties in WA with connections flooded by overseas offers for the three-year-old.
Managing owner Neville Duncan said the syndicate of owners, which included Reg Webb, Jose Monterrubio, Murray Cutbush and the Circle Of Trust Syndicate managed by Peter Kerr, would not consider any offers.
“There have been numerous offers from all necks of the woods,” Duncan said.
“For the people involved it is about having a good horse to race and not the money. The horse is not for sale.”
Duncan, Webb and Cutbush live in the South West and, because of fire in the region, did not make the trip to Ascot on Saturday to see Lite’n In My Veins score in his second race.
The handsome bay with the distinguishing white blaze stamped himself as the next hot property out of the stables of Fred Kersley and Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud when he became the first horse to win the Group 3 Lee-Steere Classic at his debut on December 5.
Kersley returned Lite’n In My Veins on Saturday with the plan to broaden his education and the gelding, backed from $1.30 into $1.20, did not disappoint.
Jockey Lucy Warwick edged up to the leaders on the home bend, hit the front at the 200m and kicked away to a half-length win in the three-year-old 1400m handicap.
The Blue Nipper was second and pacemaker Glitterbell was third.
Kersley, 76, who prepared Oakland Park graduates Northerly and Marasco, was keeping his feet on the ground about Lite’n In My Veins’ future.
“He has been talked up as an overly good horse when he has not earned that title,” Kersley said. “I was pleased with the race in that he got the job done but the next race is always another challenge.”
Warwick, not long out of her stellar apprenticeship, could not conceal her excitement.
“He tried to throw me off after the line so I know it was pretty easy for him,” Warwick said.
“I know the other horse got to within half a length, but he was under a really nice strong hold.
“He really switched off when he hit the front. He could have won by a lot more.”
by Robbert Edwards