Craig Williams has been booked to ride Japanese stayer Hokko Brave in both the BMW Caulfield Cup and Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Williams said he was thrilled to have secured the ride on the Yasutoshi Matsunaga-trained seven-year-old, who was last seen finishing sixth behind Gold Ship in the Group 1 The Tenno Sho (3200m) at Kyoto in May.

“It’s very exciting to have been confirmed as the rider for Hokko Brave,” Williams said. “His Tenno Sho performance gives me great confidence in the horse’s ability over two miles (3200m).

“He’s adaptable on all surfaces and looking at his form it shows that he has won over 2400m and should be a force to be reckoned in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.”

Victory in the Melbourne Cup would complete the ‘big three’ for the 38-year-old jockey, who won back-to-back Caulfield Cups in 2011 and 2012 aboard Southern Speed and Dunaden and the Cox Plate aboard Pinker Pinker in 2011.

Hokko Brave is currently rated a $21 chance in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with TAB.

The son of Marvelous Sunday will be joined in Melbourne this spring by fellow Japanese stayer and Tenno Sho runner-up Fame Game, who is rated the $11 Melbourne Cup favourite with TAB. (