The Hawkes stable will be counting on talented duo Niwot and Maluckyday to bring home the 2013 Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick racecourse tomorrow.
Niwot managed to take home the prize in last year’s race and will be back to defend his title, while Maluckyday will be looking for his first win since October 2010.
Both horses have overcome the odds to be where they are today and co-trainer Michael Hawkesis hopeful that their never give up attitude will help one of them can take out tomorrow’s race.
“Niwot’s had injuries and Maluckyday should be dead,” Hawkes said.
Maluckyday, who developed near fatal pneumonia in 2011, appears to be in some of his best career form after producing two gallant finishes so far this autumn.
The six-year-old placed third in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, before posting a fast finishing sixth in the Group 1 The BMW last start.
“It took him a couple of preparations to get going. He just wants ground,” Hawkes said.
“He is a proven two-miler. He’s run second in a Melbourne Cup and if he’s anywhere near his best he should be able to beat them.
“It would be special. Niwot was special last year and he’s a good chance again on Saturday.”
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