Hosier books a place for Big Dance via the Coffs Harbor Cup

Lloyd’s galloper leaves for Big Dance after Coffs Cup success

Hosier booked his place in the Big Dance by winning the Coffs Harbor Cup. Photo: Scott Barbour-Racing Photos via Getty Images

Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams will have the chance to claim another feature on the first Tuesday in November after Hosier booked his passage through the Big Dance by winning Thursday’s Coffs Harbor Cup (1600m).

Star jockey Hugh Bowman delivered the perfect direction to propel the Kris Lees-trained Hosier to victory and into the $2 million Big Dance field at Randwick.

Bowman found the perfect spot just behind the speed and produced Hosier ($2.10 fav) top of the straight.

The import was able to hold off The Ritz ($6) driven by fast-finishing Michael Morrison, three-quarter lengths with Chris Waller’s Waihere Falls ($9.50) in third.

“He was impressive,” Lees told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“After having a bit of pressure, he had a great race.

“It’s a little misleading the angle at the top of the straight, there were plenty of chances and he probably came out on better ground but like Hugh said earlier he probably didn’t want to be as wide.

“He was good late, I think he will improve by watching how he raced.

“I haven’t seen him stop yet, but he’s got a bit of a cleanup today, so more and more.”

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Coach Kris Lees was happy with Hosier in the Coffs Harbor Cup. Photo: Jenny Evans-Getty Images

Williams, a seven-time owner Melbourne Cup winner, only gave Hosier to Lees at the start of this preparation after being coached by Robert Hickmott in Victoria.

Connections saw immediate results in the mid-week $150,000 feature.

“Mr. Williams obviously sent him here with a goal, Kris tweaked it and that’s the result,” Bowman said.

“There are more things in store for him.”

Hosier is now an equal second favorite with TAB for the $11 big dance with the mile event taking place in Randwick on Nov. 1.

The Ritz is also now eligible for the race after finishing second and costs $26.

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