Several media agencies are reporting that a $2.8 million offer has been rejected for Curraghmore graduate Kinane.
The promising three-year-old stayer burst onto the scene with an impressive win at Wyong last month and he repeated the dose in last Saturday’s Gr.3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick, impressing ratings experts and jockey James McDonald.
The Chris Waller-trained gelding has won two and finished second twice in four career starts.
Connections met on Friday to discuss offers for Kinane from interested parties from Hong Kong, where he would be a suitable Derby contender next season, and reports suggest the offers were turned down in favour of keeping him racing in Australia - with next month's South Australian Derby the target.
Bred by Greg Tomlinson’s Nearco Stud, Kinane is by Westbury Stud-based sire Reliable Man out of the Nom Du Jeu mare Tres Rapide.
He was initially purchased by Highden Park’s Sam and Libby Bleakley out of Curraghmore’s 2017 NZB National Weanling Sale draft for $42,500 before being on sold to Justin Wong’s Red Hare Bloodstock as a yearling and eventually selling to bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo, on behalf of co-owner Mick Kent – who is currently taking a break from training, for $165,000 out of Phoenix Park’s 2018 NZB Ready To Run Sale draft.