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Williams Cox Plate Hope is Home and Away
History doesn’t always repeat but it’s a strong guide to the future. In last year’s Feehan Stakes, the Liam Howley-trained Homesman (War Front-My Annette, by Red Ransom) went down narrowly, so any concerns the Lloyd Williams and partners-campaigned gelding wouldn’t be fit enough first-up were unfounded, yet there was plenty of $5.00 available about his chances. From an oustide barrier, Ben Melham pinged Homesman across to the fence to have him trailing Trap for Fools before careering away down the straight. As attractive as the prizemoney might have been for connections, the real reward was a guaranteed berth in the Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) next month. Homesman’s part-owner Nick Williams showed how much that means by saying, "I can tell you that nothing in racing would mean more to us than getting our hands on a Cox Plate… since he's been in this time, the Cox Plate has been his aim." Homesman is now rated a $12 chance for the Cox Plate.