MOUNT ATHOS and Red Cadeaux, two globetrotters to have run with great credit in past Melbourne Cups, spearhead a strong British team revealed in a total entry of 135 for the Flemington feature on November 5. There are 28 entries from outside Australia, with British-trained horses hoping to claim a first win in the race.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Opinion disappointed in the Ebor last time but has been given an entry, while Saeed bin Suroor has a handful of contenders – Lonsdale Cup winner Ahzeemah, Colour Vision, Royal Empire and Songcraft – in the mix.
Some familiar ex-British runners will also feature, including the Queen's Carlton House, now trained by Gai Waterhouse in Australia, and Robert Hickmott's pair of Masked Marvel, winner of the 2011 St Leger, and last year's Great Voltigeur winner Thought Worthy.
Connections of Forgotten Voice are keen to run him in the Emirates Melbourne Cup also with Henderson telling the Telegraph: "We've put him in and we're going through the paperwork for quarantine, which would have to start pretty soon, so we're keen.
Racing Victoria's Greg Carpenter said: "The Emirates Melbourne Cup is the world's premier staying race and the quality of the local and international entries for this year's race is outstanding."