Trainer Chris Waller has declared the Caulfield Cup as a spring target for Kinane after pulling the pin on his winter campaign.
Waller said the Frank Packer Plate winner had been in work for a long time and the decision was made to give him a break after his defeat as a short-priced favourite in the Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm last week.
"We are going to give him every opportunity to get to the Caulfield Cup, obviously qualify first and have him peaking for that race," Waller said.
"I am looking forward to the spring with him. He is a very promising horse with a lot of upside."
The winner of two of his five starts, Kinane was the recent subject of a multi-million dollar offer from Hong Kong but his owners rejected the deal.
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. He was then sold as a two-year-old at the Ready To Run sale in November.
Also in Australia, Not An Option had his second trial for his new trainers Richard and Michael Freedman on Friday, taking out the 1100m two-year-old heat by a length and a half.
The Aquis Stud-bred son of Not A Single Doubt who was consigned by Curraghmore as a yearling is now likely to head to Queensland for the J J Atkins Stakes.