Forgotten Voice Debuts in 2013 Geelong Cup – Final Field

Nicky Henderson’s British raider and Melbourne Cup-bound galloper Forgotten Voice will make their Australian debut in Victoria this Wednesday racing in the 2013 Geelong Cup.


Ibicenco is one of six Melbourne Cup-bound horses running in the 2013 Geelong Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Often a telling guide to the world’s richest handicap on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington, the $300,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Geelong Cup (2400m) has this year attracted a final field of 10 hopefuls.

While it is up on the diminutive field of seven the race attracted last year, the 10 acceptors is still below the 12 – 14 mark the Geelong Racing Club was hoping for this spring after there were 26 nominations taken last week.

Two horses will carry the equal 58kg top-weight in the Geelong Cup field on Wednesday, one of which is Forgotten Voice in gate six with the Hong Kong-based Brett Prebble in the saddle.

Winning jockey in the Melbourne Cup last year, Prebble will partner with the Danehill Dancer veteran for the first time in the Geelong Cup with Forgotten Voice racing for the first time since early August.

That was a winning run, their second on the trot and eighth from 20 career starts, winning the Group 3 Glorious Stakes (2414m) at the Goodwood in Britain.

A $61 chance for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), Forgotten Voice is currently 38th on the order of entry and hoping to sneak into a top 24 position with a Geelong Cup win.

The other horse with 58kg on Wednesday is then the Robert Hickmott-trained Tanby in barrier three with Steven Arnold to ride.

Tanby has been out of form this season, most recently running dead last to stablemate Sea Moon in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 12, an effort they will be out to improve on here.

They are the only Geelong Cup acceptor for Hickmott and owner Lloyd Williams, who snared the Caulfield Cup trophy with Fawkner over the weekend, after originally holding seven nominations.

Two horses then follow in the Geelong Cup field and weights with the Peter Moody-trained Ibicenco (barrier eight) and the rails-drawn Moudre with Craig Williams to ride.

Shirocco six-year-old Ibicenco is actually the shortest-priced of the Geelong Cup hopes in the latest Melbourne Cup odds at a quote of $51.

A first-up winner at Caulfield over 1700m back in august, they were last seen running a disappointing 12th to Seville in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney, a return to Melbourne to suit.

Other notable Geelong Cup acceptors then include the Bryce Stanaway-trained Crafty Cruiser coming off a good fourth in the Listed The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington, Pat Carey’s third placegetter from last year’s Geelong Cup Brigantin and the Hawkes-trained Polish Knight.

See below for the full Geelong Cup 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2013 Geelong Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Geelong Race 7 – 4:00pm (AEST) – 23/10/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 31x53x0099 TANBY Robert Hickmott Steven Arnold 3 58kg 105
2 11x412x11x FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) Nicky Henderson Brett Prebble 6 58kg 105
3 41×5945180 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody Brad Rawiller 8 56.5kg 102
4 x3008x3678 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 1 56.5kg 102
5 x622x3x780 BRIGANTIN (USA) Pat Carey 5 56kg 101
6 9890×68048 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 9 54.5kg 95
7 x978046214 CRAFTY CRUISER Bryce Stanaway Michael Walker 2 54.5kg 92
8 724063×346 VERDANT (GB) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 10 54.5kg 91
9 1x4255x987 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 7 54.5kg 87
10 x0894210x6 WARWARICK David Hayes Kerrin McEvoy 4 54.5kg 72