Hosier answered a crucial question when he remained unbeaten in Australia with a determined effort at Flemington.
Hosier easily won his previous three runs for the Lloyd Williams camp leading into Saturday’s VRC Member Justin Hoy Trophy (2000m).
He had dictated from the front in those wins but Hosier faced early pressure for the first time in Australia as jockey Jye McNeil sent Tooradin to the lead early in the $130,000 race.
Hosier travelled well in behind the leader to the home turn but had two lengths to make up on Tooradin as the field balanced for the run home.
Punters that took the $1.60 on offer wondered whether Hosier could chase as well as he had dictated proceedings in his previous run.
Hosier’s tongue flapped out of the side of his mouth as he built momentum before the son of Camelot knuckled down under Ben Melham’s riding in the last 150m to wear down Tooradin.
Hosier had a half-head in hand on the line to the relief of favourite backers.
Ben Melham returns to scale aboard Hosier after the import posted his fourth straight win. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“As he gets to better grades he’s going to need to be adaptable,” Melham said.
“It was good to see him win under different conditions today.”
Trainer Robert Hickmott said Hosier had done enough to earn a break. He said the four-year-old still had plenty of improvement in him as he matured.
“You can‘t ask much more of a horse that’s had four starts for four wins. He’s a pretty immature sort of horse looking at him,” Hickmott said.
“He’ll be back for a nice, promising autumn campaign, you’d think.
“Lloyd will map out something. He’s a progressive horse but he won’t push him too far.
“I’d think next spring he’d be looking at aiming him up to the better races if he can make that progression.”
Originally published asPromising import up for fight to stay undefeated
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