Forgotten Voice is set to chance his arm in the Geelong Cup
Last Updated: 22/10/13 11:27am
Forgotten Voice (l): All set for the Geelong Cup
Nicky Henderson is clinging to the possibility Forgotten Voice may yet clinch a place in the Emirates Melbourne Cup should he put up a convincing display in the Sportingbet Geelong Cup on Wednesday morning.
The eight-year-old has little chance of getting in the Flemington showpiece on November 5 unless he wins tomorrow's Group Three handicap in such style that he is given a hefty penalty to take him up the weights.
Forgotten Voice only takes his chance in the 10-runner Geelong Cup because he missed the cut for the Caulfield Cup at the weekend and will be ridden by Brett Prebble.
"The Caulfield Cup was the primary objective over a mile and a half, but Johnny Murtagh seriously thought the Melbourne Cup would suit him," Henderson told www.rsn.net.au.
"We didn't get into the Caulfield Cup and we're less likely to get in the Melbourne Cup unless he does something spectacular in the Geelong Cup.
"He worked 10 days ago in quarantine with Dandino and it was great as we managed to see the video within a couple of hours.
"They worked very well together and Dandino evidently ran a great race in the Caulfield Cup, so we've got our chance to see if we are up to this standard and we are very much looking forward to seeing it."
Henderson expects Forgotten Voice to remain Down Under during the British winter whatever happens at Geelong.
"Having got him to Australia he may as well stay there. There's no point him coming back to England," said the Seven Barrows handler.
"The ground is soft and Flat racing will be over. He has to have good ground, so there's not a lot of point him coming back here for the time being. I expect he will continue his travels in the southern hemisphere.
"I haven't looked any further ahead than this week really because that will completely dictate where we go next.
"If it did get him into the Melbourne Cup it would be wonderful and it would mean I would get a little visit to Australia which I'd love to do. I was last there when I was 19 which was a long time ago."