Defending champion Hawks Bay has won the 2012 Darwin Cup held at Fannie Bay Racecourse today. The 7-year-old Black Hawk gelding trained by Neil Dyer won in a photo finished from the strong finishing favourite Bolton. Sheahan finished third.
Carrying 64.5kg Hawks Bay’s win set a weight carrying record for the Darwin Cup.
After travelling well in the 2000m race, Hawks Bay loomed around the outside of the heavily backed Glare and surged to the lead coming into the straight. Hawks Bay looked to be beat when race favourite Bolton stormed down the outside and caught the seasoned galloper. But Bolton was not able to pull away from Hawks Bay, who held his ground and the two hit the line together. A photo was needed to determine the winner, with Hawks Bay getting the nod after a fortuitous bob of the head got him the win.
Today’s race was Hawks Bay’s fourth consecutive Darwin Cup, previously he finished second in 2009 and 2010 before winning in 2011 and now again in 2012. Despite his impressive record running in the Darwin Cup Hawks Bay was not one of the favourites due to the 64.5kg weight and a recent poor run and paid $9.00 for the win at bookmaker.com.au
Hawks Bay has now scored 14 wins from 52 career starts and has earned more than $850,000 in prize money.
Darwin Cup 2012 Results
|1||1||HAWKS BAY||Neil Dyer||Steven Arnold||–||1||64.5kg||$9|
|2||3||BOLTON (NZ)||Stephen Brown||Stephen Baster||0.1L||5||57kg||$3.10F|
|3||6||SHEAHAN||Stephen Brown||Scott Hillebrand||6.4L||6||55.5kg||$5.50|
|4||11||SEA SKYE (USA)||Bevan Laming||Ms Jan Cameron||8.9L||10||54kg||$19|
|5||13e||CLUB LIQUID||Dick Leech||Ben Hoppo||9.1L||8||54kg||$31|
|6||7||GLARE||Louis Paech||Carl Spry||10.1L||7||54.5kg||$4.80|
|7||10||INTO THE SUN||Malcolm Carson||Michael L Evans||11.4L||2||54kg||$51|
|8||4||PALMYRA BOY||Neil Dyer||Adam Nicholls||11.9L||3||57kg||$51|
|9||5||SYREON||Jason Manning||Ms Vanessa Arnott||15.4L||9||57kg||$18|
|10||9||I AM MAGIC||Kerry Petrick||Phillip Crich||17.2L||11||54kg||$21|
|11||8||THE THIRD BASEMAN||Malcolm Carson||Dom Tourneur||21.2L||4||54.5kg||$17|
|–||2||BLACKBRIAR||Melinda Boothby||Paul Shiers||–||0||–||–|
|–||12||THE RUFFIAN||Sheila Arnold||Jason Maskiell||–||0||–||–|