2013 Darwin Cup Nominations And Weights – Hawks Bay Top Weight

July 29th, 2013

The Darwin Turf Club has released the nominations and weights for the 2013 Darwin Cup (2000m) that will be run on Monday August 5th.

The headline act is Hawks Bay who has been set a tough assignment as he searches for his third straight victory in the Northern Territory’s biggest race with the handicapper allocating the son of Black Hawk the top weight of 65kg.

Hawks Bay clearly relishes the hot conditions in Darwin and has become something of a Darwin Cup specialist after winning the race in 2011 and 2012 and finishing second in 2009 and 2010.

The gelding is expected to be well found in betting but will need to improve significantly from his last start effort in the Metric Mile (1600m), where he finished a disappointing seventh.

Spartan Eagle was an incredibly impressive winner of the Metric Mile and has got into the Darwin Cup carrying the minimum weight of 54kg.

The Niello gelding has won all four of his race starts since returning to Darwin in June and destroyed a strong field to win the key Darwin Cup lead-up race by six lengths on Saturday, making him the clear favourite in Darwin Cup betting markets.

Also backing up from the Metric Mile will be Palmyra Boy who led home the rest of the field behind Spartan Eagle.

The veteran gelding has not been victorious for over a year but has recorded a number of strong results in some of the Northern Territory’s biggest races in recent years.

Victorian stayers Red Colossus, Thumbtacks and Extra Zero are all set to head to Darwin in search of cup glory.

Red Colossus has been in Darwin since he finished eleventh behind Second Effort in the Wangoom Handicap (1200m) and was victorious in the NTTAB Gold Cup (1300m) but was disappointing in the Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m) and Carbine Club Handicap (1100m).

The son of Testa Rossa will appreciate the rise in distance but has been allocated 61kg by the handicapper.

Thumbtacks has been in consistent form this campaign and is sure to be a leading contender if he takes part in the $200,000 race.

The son of Pin finished fourth in the Listed Centenary Mercedes-Benz (1600m) as well as the Hiraji Handicap (1600m) at Flemington and will face easier competition in the Darwin Cup.

Extra Zero made his Northern Territory debut in the Metric Mile but finished second last and has not won since his victory in the 2012 Albury Gold Cup (2000m).

The 2013 Darwin Cup is set to be a very interesting race and you will be able to find the updated betting market at bookmaker.com.au when the final field is released later in the week.

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# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 HAWKS BAY Neil Dyer 3 65kg 110
2 RED COLOSSUS John Stanton 4 61kg 96
3 THUMBTACKS (NZ) Mark Nyhan 5 60.5kg 95
4 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 6 60kg 94
5 THE RUFFIAN Sheila Arnold 7 57.5kg 89
6 CONSTANT FORCE Bill & Symon Wilde 8 57kg 88
7 THE BIG STEEL Stephen Brown 1 57kg 88
8 AGRIPPA Michael Hickmott 9 56kg 86
9 BOLTON (NZ) Stephen Brown 10 55kg 84
10 GENEROUS BEAU Todd Balfour 11 55kg 84
11 HOST OF THE PARTY Stephen Brown 2 54.5kg 83
12 ADYNATA Dick Leech 16 54kg 76
13 BEL SIR Neil Dyer 19 54kg 70
14 DRAFTED Philip Cole 20 54kg 70
15 FRANK THE RIPPER Daniel J Clarke 23 54kg 64
16 HAULAGE Dick Leech 22 54kg 65
17 HIERARCHY Stephen Brown 18 54kg 74
18 IGLES STAR Chris Pollard 12 54kg 82
19 LE BEAU CHEVAL Greg Connor 17 54kg 74
20 MR JANSZ Russell Bell 21 54kg 69
21 PALMYRA BOY Neil Dyer 15 54kg 79
22 PORT VELL (NZ) Greg Connor 13 54kg 82
23 SPARTAN EAGLE Bob Richard 14 54kg 79