Country star chases another Highway before autumn

Scone trainer Brett Cavanough will set nothing in stone for Pinnacle Prince and plans to let the emerging colt help choose a path through the autumn.

The son of Hinchinbrook will line up at Randwick on Saturday chasing consecutive Highway Handicaps victories but there are undoubtedly bigger fish to fry for the colt in the coming months.

A date with the Country Championships is the obvious target for the Hunter-based three-year-old later this autumn.

Cavanough admits the lucrative country feature is on the table but is in no rush to commit his lightly raced talent to any firm target.

“He is going great but he is not on any path at the moment,” Cavanough said.

“We will take it race-by-race with him but obviously there is $300,000 reasons to take him to a race like the Country Championships.

“But we will have to wait and see.”

Pinnacle Prince’s only defeat came against stablemate and eventual $1.3 million The Kosciuszko winner It’s Me last year.

Pinnacle Prince (black) has plenty of options. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

His impressive performances have caught the eye of punters, which comes as no surprise to Cavanough.

“He probably presented himself for everyone to form an opinion with his trials and then coming out and winning on debut,” he said.

“You only have to look at what price he starts in all his races to see what people think of him.”

Pinnacle Prince showed precisely what he can do at his best when surging home from last to win a Highway race last month.

The colt will step up from 1100m to 1200m on Saturday and Cavanough is hopeful he can settle closer from a better draw in gate 7.

“We will have him ridden where he is comfortable,” he said.

“Hopefully he doesn’t spit the bit out again and get so far back but it was probably made easier for him the other day when the second favourite landed in front of him.

“If Jason (Collett) can find a touch of cover and be somewhere midfield, that would be good.”

Cavanough confirmed Pinnacle Prince would be scratched if the track was a bog but it’s expected to race in the soft range.

Originally published asPrince’s path to the autumn undecided

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