Yucatan winning last year's Herbert Power Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
Forgotten stayer Yucatan is nearing a return to the races with owner Nick Williams declaring last year's Melbourne Cup favourite is the stable's top local seed for this year's race.
The son of Galileo hasn't been sighted since his defeat in last year's Cup, which followed a breathtaking win in the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield several weeks earlier.
Williams said Yucatan's work at Macedon Lodge had been stepped up ahead of a likely first-up run next month.
"He's really good, he's working away and he'll probably be ready to run in the first or second week of September," Williams told RSN927.
"We trained him through the autumn but just didn't take him to the races and he's ready to go now.
"The Feehan is an option for him and there are some other options further down the track.
"He's got a bit of a campaign ahead of him and the Cups and the Cox Plate are certainly on the agenda and we'll let him tell us where we should go with him.
"I think Yucatan probably ticks the boxes everywhere, what we saw of him last year was as exciting as any horse you'd ever see, so for the Cups I'd have to say he's out number one seed."
WATCH: Yucatan's Herbert Power win
While the stable will focus on adding a seventh Melbourne Cup to the trophy cabinet, it could also boast a strong assault on the Cox Plate.
Williams said Homesman, a winner of last year's Underwood Stakes and runner-up behind Best Solution in the Caulfield Cup, would target The Valley's showpiece weight-for-age event.
"For the Cox Plate, I'd day Homesman would be our number one seed," he said.
"He's as good a chance as we've had for quite a few years to win a Cox Plate.
"He's going very well and once those Group races start in the first or second week of September, he'll be there."