Homesman could well serve up Cox Plate
THE Cox Plate has inflicted major-race disappointment on Lloyd Williams but he is daring to dream after Homesman’s emphatic Group 2 win yesterday.
Handled superbly by Ben Melham, the high-class import rolled forward from barrier 13 to stalk leader Trap For Fools before steaming clear from Mahamadeis and Best Of Days.
Melham described Homesman as being the “class horse of the field”.
First-up since finishing second to Best Solution in last year’s Caulfield Cup, Homesman stated his Cox Plate campaign in impressive fashion, leaving Williams to hope his Valley drought will end.
The record- breaking Melbourne Cup owner has endured four runner- up placings in the weight- for- age championship with Mahogany, Zipping (twice) and Fawkner.
Williams and his partners will collect a $1 million bonus if Homesman wins the Cox Plate because of the Feehan success.
Co-owner Nick Williams is optimistic former Aidan O’Brien charge Homesman can give Liam Howley and the ownership group their first Cox Plate.
“He was terrific today and I can tell you there is nothing in racing that would mean more to us than getting our hands on one of these Cox Plates,” Williams said.
Homesman is among six Howley-trained gallopers nominated for the $5 million Cox Plate on October 26. He is joined by Douglas Macarthur, Johannes Vermeer, Kenya, Nelson and Yucatan.
Williams and his co-owners also have Latrobe, Buckhurst and Master Of Reality, all prepared by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Joseph O’Brien, among the nominations.