Despite his hefty top weight, trainer Neil Dyer is still hopeful that Hawks Bay can win his third Darwin Cup when he lines up for the race later today August 5, 2013.
The eight-year-old has won the past two editions of the $200,000 race and typically thrives on Darwin Cup Day.
His most recent race start was in the Metric Mile, where he placed seventh of nine runners.
This result is not so different from his lead up into last year’s Darwin Cup, when he placed sixth of eight runners in the Metric Mile.
However, this time he will be forced to carry a crippling 65 kilograms in the 2,000 metre event.
While this may seem an impossible task, Hawks Bay won last year’s Darwin Cup with a mighty 64.5 kilograms on his back.
Trainer Neil Dyer’s only concern is Hawk’s Bay’s age.
“He’s physically in very good condition but he’s a year older and we’re probably just a bit concerned that the task ahead of him is just starting to get a little bit daunting,” Dyer told racingvictoria.net.au.
“Aside from the fact that he’s gone up half a kilo, Bolton who ran second to him last year, has also gone down two kilos.
“He probably improves twenty per cent on the dirt and he just thrives in the heat up in Darwin so were hoping that he can pull out another big run”
Hawks Bay has won 14 of his 58 race starts and has earned more than $850,000 in prize money during his career.
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