Williams runner wins Coffs Harbour Cup
Lloyd Williams got his first Melbourne Cup runner booked in on Thursday when jockey Hugh Bowman piloted Hosier, trained by Kris Lees to victory in the 1600m Coffs Harbour Cup worth $150,000.
Jumping well, Bowman was able to steer race favourite Hosier to the perfect position just off the speed and push out late to win the regional feature.
“He was impressive,” Lees told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“After he had a little bit of pressure, he had a lovely run.
“It is a bit deceptive the angle there at the top of the straight, there was plenty of chances and he probably got out to the better ground but as Hugh said earlier he probably didn’t want to be that wide.
“He was good late, I think he will improve off the run just watching how he raced.
“I haven’t seen him pull up yet but he has a bit of cleaning up today so onwards and upwards.”
Williams, is a seven time winner of the Melbourne Cup and only gave Hosier to the Lees stable at the beginning of this prep and received instant return after transferring from Rob Hickmott.
“Mr Williams has obviously sent him up here with a purpose, Kris has put the polish on and that’s the result,” Bowman said.
“There is more things in store for him.”