Forgotten Voice: "Brett Prebble was keen to ride him again"PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Voice has second chance to be heard in Melbourne
Preview: Australia, Saturday, 5.30amGMT
Flemington: Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 3) 1m6f, turf
FORGOTTEN VOICE missed out on a place in the Emirates Melbourne Cup but he still has a chance to scoop a very respectable pot at Flemington on Saturday.
This year's Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood winner might have been able to steal a place in Australia's biggest race had he won the Geelong Cup but rain-softened ground ruined his chance on that occasion and he could finish only fifth.
However, as his Melbourne Cup entry was confirmed at the declaration stage, the Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old stands to pick up a near £60,000 bonus on top of the £106,000 first prize if successful in the Queen Elizabeth.
Side Glance and Ruscello scored for Britain at Flemington last Saturday and hopes are high Forgotten Voice can continue what has been an excellent carnival for the challengers, whose band almost pulled off a Melbourne Cup victory on Tuesday with Red Cadeaux chasing home Fiorente.
"He's in great form and I think he has come on for his last run," said 19-year-old Ryan O'Reilly, who has supervised the horse's Australian training for Henderson.
"Brett Prebble was keen to ride him again, which is a good sign, and he knows that on top of the ground the horse will go well."
Also on Saturday
Flemington: VRC Sprint Classic (Group 1) 6f, turf, 4.00amGMT
ROYAL ASCOT officials are hoping to woo the connections of Buffering (Robert Heathcote/Damian Browne), who attempts to complete back-to-back top-flight triumphs after belatedly breaking his Group 1 duck in Moonee Valley's Manikato Stakes.
The six-year-old had been placed in ten Group 1 events, finishing second in six but without winning any of them, prior to landing the Manikato. He now seeks to double his Group 1 haul in an event that brings him back together with the Manikato runner-up, Hong Kong raider Lucky Nine.
Flemington: Emirates Stakes (Group 1) 1m handicap, turf, 4.45amGMT
BOBAN is considered by plenty of commentators to be Australia's most talented miler and he has the chance to prove the point but with red-hot trainer Chris Waller admitting to fears he may be going to the well once too often.
A quartet of impressive spring victories, the most recent coming at Caulfield three weeks ago, have led to Boban rising through the weights but his searing change of pace could still be enough to defeat a field that includes Doncaster Mile-winning stable companion Sacred Falls but is without Havana Gold, who suffered a midweek setback.
Waller, who sent out a Flemington treble on Thursday, said: "Boban has come such a long way in one preparation and now he is at the top of the weights in a Group 1 race.
"I didn't want to know where the end was and I hope I don't find out on Saturday. I couldn't find an excuse not to run him."
Also on show in the Emirates is the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Mull Of Killough, a Listed third at Flemington on Tuesday, and the former Lady Cecil inmate Stipulate, who makes his debut for David Hayes.