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.

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