Darwin Cup 2011 – Nominations Released

July 26th, 2011

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

No. Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 HAWKS BAY Neil Dyer 1 61kg 104
2 PALMYRA BOY Neil Dyer 2 57.5kg 93
3 BLACKBRIAR Melinda Boothby 3 55kg 88
4 SOUND OF NATURE (USA) Viv Oldfield 4 55kg 88
5 NARATEL Phillip Stokes 6 53.5kg 85
6 SPAKATAK Kevin Lamprecht 7 53.5kg 85
7 THE RUFFIAN Sheila Arnold 5 53.5kg 85
8 AGARKAR Michael Hickmott 10 53kg 82
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
13 LOUKOUMI Lisa Lefoe 15 53kg 73
14 MONTEGO BAY Paula Trenwith 9 53kg 84
15 ROBDON FLYER Ken Rogerson 12 53kg 76
16 VERY FAST Julien Welsh 13 53kg 74