Hore-Lacy still has faith in Pinnacles

Rick Hore-Lacy believes there is still a feature race win in Group One performer Pinnacles who resumes at Sandown after injury sidelined him for more than nine months.

The six-year-old is topweight with 59.5kg in Saturday’s Le Pine Funerals Cup (1200m) and Hore-Lacy says he has the gelding fit again after he went sore just three runs into his spring campaign last year.
He said Pinnacles didn’t race in the autumn when the injury flared again but a couple of jumpouts this preparation have him ready for his first-up assignment.

“He seems in perfect order now,” Hore-Lacy said.

“I still think there is a another good win in him.”

Steven Arnold will ride Pinnacles who Hore-lacy believes can be competitive at Sandown despite having won just once in six first-up runs.

“It is only 1200 metres and he is forward enough to run it pretty strongly,” Hore-Lacy said.

“It is just a matter of whether he can a carry the big weight.”

The promise of a heavy track should pose little problem for Pinnacles who has raced on similar ground twice for a win and a third.

For much of his career he has been underrated and he has been beaten less than two lengths three times in Group One races.

He was third to Triple Honour in the 2008 Doncaster Handicap, a luckless seventh to Vision And Power in the 2009 Doncaster and eighth to Turffontein in the Rupert Clarke Stakes last September.

Hore-Lacy is keeping his options open with Pinnacles and hasn’t ruled out a third Doncaster attempt next year.

“For the moment we’ll win what we can with him and see if we can get another $100,000 in the bank for arguments sake,” Hore-Lacy said.

“We can then spell him and bring him back for a race or two in the late spring or even get him ready for something like the Doncaster again next autumn.”

Pinnacles has won eight of his 40 starts and more than $660,000 in prizemoney.