Hawks Bay won his first Darwin Cup in 2011. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
Hawks Bay will be out to make history at Fannie Bay Racecourse on Monday, with the popular eight year old bidding for his third successive win in the Darwin Cup. The Neil Dyer trained galloper became the first horse since 1995 to win the race twice when he beat Bolton by a nose twelve months ago with 64.5kg, but will have his work cut out with 65kg this time around. Although he has failed to finish better than seventh in his past four starts, the now eight year-old always reserves his best performances for this event, with a pair of runner-up finishes to go with his two victories in the $200,000 feature.
Spartan Eagle has won four races on the trot since beginning his campaign in the top end and has the best form going into the race, but wasn’t done any favours at the barrier draw when he came up with gate 15. The Big Steel and Host Of The Party have both won their past two starts for leading local trainer Stephen Brown and are expected to be in the finish. 2010 South Australian Derby runner-up Red Colossus has drawn in the midfield of the field after coming up with gate 7, while leading Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller will ride Extra Zero for David Hayes.
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