The barrier draw has been released for the Darwin Cup, which will run at Darwin’s Fannie Bay Racecourse this Monday August 5, 2013.
Race favourite Spartan Eagle will have to deal with the widest barrier of 15 in the 2013 Darwin Cup.
The six-year-old is in top form going into the 2013 Darwin Cup, having won the Metric Mile by a six length margin last start.
Spartan Eagle has won eight of his 28 race starts and has earned more than $146,000 in prize money during his career.
Meanwhile, reigning Darwin Cup title holder Hawks Bay has been allocated the better barrier of three for Monday’s race.
Hawks Bay will need to bounce back from a seventh placing in the Metric Mile last start, where he was beaten by Spartan Eagle by 10.5 lengths.
Trainer Neil Dwyer is hopeful that Hawks Bay is able to turn his form around in time to secure his third successive Darwin Cup win.
“It would be nice to look back in the records in 10 or 20 years and see his name winning three Darwin Cups,” Dyer told ntnews.com.au.
“He’s the sort of horse that deserves it and he’s going into the race in a similar position to last year.
“But he’s a year older and probably more dour – although we’ve ticked all the boxes to make him turn up at his best on the day.”
Hawks Bay has won 14 of his 58 race starts ad has earned more than $850,000 in prize money.
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2013 Darwin Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||161×439697||HAWKS BAY||Neil Dyer||Steven Arnold||3||65kg||110|
|2||910×503154||RED COLOSSUS||John Stanton||Dale Smith||7||61kg||96|
|3||0315×70844||THUMBTACKS (NZ)||Mark Nyhan||Craig Moon||10||60.5kg||95|
|4||53707×4508||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||Nash Rawiller||8||60kg||94|
|5||23x42311x5||THE RUFFIAN||Sheila Arnold||Paul Shiers||4||57.5kg||89|
|6||134×805274||CONSTANT FORCE||Bill & Symon Wilde||Jason Maskiell||11||57kg||88|
|7||09×0044411||THE BIG STEEL||Stephen Brown||Andrew Mallyon||12||57kg||88|
|8||x360x06834||AGRIPPA||Michael Hickmott||Reece Wheeler||6||56kg||86|
|9||9202251111||SPARTAN EAGLE||Bob Richard||Scott Hillebrand||15||56kg(2kg)||86|
|10||7700×60545||BOLTON (NZ)||Stephen Brown||Stephen Baster||9||55kg||84|
|11||4223×35523||GENEROUS BEAU||Todd Balfour||John Powell||1||55kg||84|
|12||40×5904111||HOST OF THE PARTY||Stephen Brown||Dwayne Dunn||2||54.5kg||83|
|13e||225157×214||IGLES STAR||Chris Pollard||Ms Felicia Bergstrand (a)||13||54kg||82|
|14e||2846x263x4||PORT VELL (NZ)||Greg Connor||Ms Kacie Connor (a)||5||54kg||82|
|15e||x60745x962||PALMYRA BOY||Neil Dyer||14||54kg||79|