A FRUSTRATING autumn for the Hawkes team was pushed into the background when former crock Niwot produced the goods to beat Efficient and Once Were Wild in yesterday's gruelling Sydney Cup.
John Hawkes, who trains in partnership with his sons Michael and Wayne, said the seven-year-old's group 1 win was the more satisfying for the many problems he had endured.
It also helped ease the pain of group 1 seconds by All Too Hard in the Sires' Produce Stakes and Polish Knight in the Australian Derby.
Permit was the early favourite but eased to $4.60 with Niwot starting the 3200-metre race at Randwick as favourite at $4.20.
''It is very satisfying,'' John Hawkes said. ''He is not an easy horse to train and a lot of hard work went into him early.
''He's had a great preparation and hopefully we can get him to the Melbourne Cup again.''