A DECISION on the future of all-conquering pacer Lazarus is expected by the end of the coming week.
The dual New Zealand Cup winner, which has earned connections more than $3.8million, is the subject of significant buyer interest.
Two substantial offers have been submitted for the five-year-old, with both believed to have been from New Zealand studs.
Lazarus’ connections met yesterday to discuss the offers and potential plans of their superstar.
“There are continuing negotiations, but no decision has been made as to his future,” part-owner Trevor Casey said.
“There are a few offers on the table, but I stress no decision has been made.”
It’s expected the group, which consists of Phil and Glenys Kennard, Casey and Kevin Riseley, as well as trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, will race Lazarus for another season.
The stallion requires roughly $1million to eclipse Blacks A Fake, which was trained by Rasmussen, as Australasia’s richest standardbred.
Lazarus has been spelling in the North Island for a month and is due to undertake a pre-training regime soon.
“Laz has had a month off and a full vet check, which was all good,” Casey said. “He is due to resume soon with some water walking and swimming, which he did last season.”
As well as a second New Zealand Cup, Lazarus also won the $1.1million Inter Dominion Final in Perth and the $500,000 Hunter Cup in Victoria this season.