Niwot has claimed an impressive win in the Group 1 Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick today, holding off an impressive Efficent.
Trained by the Hawkes team of John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes, seven-year-old Niwot was the favourite for the Cup race and rewarded punters with a strong win.
“He’s a horse that’s had a lot of injuries, he was out in the paddock a long time,” John Hawkes said.
“There’s nothing like winning and to be able to win a Sydney Cup again is great.
“He’s not an easy horse to train…It’s just great to see him win a race like this.
“To finish the carnival and win a Sydney Cup it’s been delightful.”
Melbourne Cup winner and veteran galloper Efficient was impressive in second, finishing strongly but not able to catch Niwot. The Gai Waterhouse trained Once Were Wild came home for third.
Sydney Cup 2012 Results
|1||3||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||–||2||55.5kg||$4.20F|
|2||1||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Rodd||0.4L||9||58kg||$11|
|3||5||ONCE WERE WILD||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||0.9L||11||55kg||$31|
|4||13||NEXTANIX||Kerry Parker||Peter Robl||2.7L||8||53.5kg||$26|
|5||12||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Brenton Avdulla||2.9L||10||53.5kg||$18|
|6||15||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||Peter Wells||3.1L||1||53.5kg||$31|
|7||4||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Craig Williams||3.3L||13||55.5kg||$12|
|8||9||OLDER THAN TIME||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||4.1L||14||53.5kg||$9.50|
|9||16||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker||Jay Ford||5.9L||5||53.5kg||$101|
|10||11||SOLID BILLING||Craig Ritchie||Cameron Lammas||6.3L||4||53.5kg||$101|
|11||6||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6.4L||12||55kg||$31|
|12||2||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||7.2L||6||57kg||$5.50|
|13||7||STAND TO GAIN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Rod Quinn||25.2L||7||54kg||$151|
|14||14||OUR SERENA||David Payne||Christian Reith||27.7L||16||53.5kg||$201|
|15||10||HANKS||Peter G Moody||James McDonald||32.2L||15||53.5kg||$51|
|FF||8||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||–||3||53.5kg||$4.60|