However, Wehlow hasn’t ruled out a shot at the Country Cup races during this year’s central and north Queensland winter carnivals.
“He’ll need to win a couple of races to get his rating up to have a go this year,” Wehlow said.
“He’s still only a Class 2 horse and has a way to go yet but he’s a nice type.
“After we bought him, he went straight to the Gold Coast where John Smerdon is looking after him for this run and we’ll see how he goes before deciding where he’ll run next.”
Wehlow believes Highmaster could prove an ideal horse for the Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville Cups, whether it’s this year or next.
“I’d like to think he’ll measure up to the Townsville Cup or maybe the Cleveland Bay,” he said.
“I’ve never won either race but I did go close a few years ago.
“This race tomorrow will be a nice test for him but it’s tricky with several chances.”