The Darwin Cup 2011 will be run at Darwin Racecourse in the Northern Territory on Monday August 1, 2011.
The Darwin Cup 2011 is worth $175,000 in prize money and is run under handicap conditions.
Run over a stayer’s distance of 2,000 metres, the 2011 Darwin Cup has attracted a total of 16 nominations vying for a spot in the 12 horse racing field.
Included in the nominations is five-year-old gelding Hawks Bay.
Hawks Bay has won ten of his 38 race starts and has accumulated a total of $466,195 in prize money.
The Neil Dyer-trained gelding has been allocated the top weight of 61 kilograms and is first in the ballot order for the race.
Dyer is not overly concerned with the heavy weight allocation.
“Hawks Bay is a big and strong horse and should be able to cope with the weight,” he said.
“It’s not ideal, but I still think he’s a very good chance of winning.”
The trainer has also entered Hawk Bay’s stablemate Palmyra Boy, who has been given 57.5 kilograms by the handicapper.
Dyer feels that Palmyra Boy, who has won 13 of his 55 starts, is best suited to a shorter distance.
“He’s going really well at the moment but I think the Metric Mile is probably a better race for him than the Cup,” the trainer said.
“Hawks Bay ran second in the Metric Mile last year but I think Palmyra Boy is posed to go one better.”
The Metric Mile 2011 will be run this Saturday July 30, 2011, and is the traditional lead-up race to the Darwin Cup.
Also included in the Darwin Cup nominations 2011 is Black Briar, Sound Of Nature, The Ruffian and Naratel.
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Darwin Cup 2011 Nominations
|1||HAWKS BAY||Neil Dyer||1||61kg||104|
|2||PALMYRA BOY||Neil Dyer||2||57.5kg||93|
|4||SOUND OF NATURE (USA)||Viv Oldfield||4||55kg||88|
|7||THE RUFFIAN||Sheila Arnold||5||53.5kg||85|
|9||BOLTON (NZ)||Stephen Brown||14||53kg||73|
|10||CLUB LIQUID||Dick Leech||8||53kg||84|
|11||GENERAL MAZERATTI||Jason Manning||11||53kg||80|
|12||HACHIMAN||John Leek (Jnr)||16||53kg||69|
|14||MONTEGO BAY||Paula Trenwith||9||53kg||84|
|15||ROBDON FLYER||Ken Rogerson||12||53kg||76|
|16||VERY FAST||Julien Welsh||13||53kg||74|