Williams strengthens Cup reserves

Six-time Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams is well into his planning for a seventh victory after confirmation five sons of super stallion Galileo are now in the stable of his new private trainer Liam Howley at his Mt Macedon base.

Williams won a sixth Melbourne Cup as an owner when Rekindling won for trainer Joseph O'Brien last month and he will boast a small army of well-performed Galileos aimed at the race with all five horses formerly owned by Coolmore's principals and trained by Aidan O'Brien.

The horses that are now calling Australia home are Exemplar, Douglas MacArthur, Orderofthegarter, Spanish Steps and Venice Beach.

Of those, Douglas MacArthur has form behind Rekindling when a half-length second to that horse in a 2000-metre race in April.

Spanish Steps triumphed over Melbourne Cup runner-up Johannes Vermeer in a 2400-metre Group 3 in May while Orderofthegarter beat Zipping Classic winner The Taj Mahal in a Group 3 in Ireland.

The arrival of the five horses means Howley has a prime opportunity to train a Melbourne Cup winner within 12 months of gaining his licence. He took over as head trainer of the Mt Macedon stable from Robert Hickmott late last month but is yet to have a runner.

Rekindling (GB) and Corey Brown winning the 2017 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington, picture