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Recent Graded Stake Race Results Hopeful - Grade II
1-1/4 Miles on Dirt - $500,000
Two-Year-Olds - Final Time: 2:00.16

1st Place - Raritan Valley MD - 124.55
Owned By: Over The Top

2nd Place - Spectacular Voyage - 124.52
Owned By: Sterling Acres

3rd Place - Arctic Conda - 122.30
Owned By: Take Flight Farm Sprint Classic

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The 21st St Paul of the Cross Cup Review
Written By: Rondick on October 31st, 2016

Race information: 24th Sept, 2016 (Sat) 1.5 Mile, turf (track condition: fast)

The ability of the 17 participants was severely fragmented. I was strongly confident that 5 participants, namely, (1) Less than three, (2) Russian Sailor, (3) Philosopher GB, (4) Stitched together, (6) Stop Speaking would dominate the 5 prize-money rankings, while Less than three, Russian sailor & Philosopher GB could get the awards.

Let’s look at the result of this G1 stake first:
1st: (3) Philosopher GB 130.60 (Phar Lap GB)
2nd: (1) Less than three 130.36 (Oak tree racing, now ownership has changed ownership)
3rd: (6) Stop speaking 129.87 (Desmond Lee 2)
4th: (2) Russian Sailor 127.60 (Rowdy Racing 23)
5th: (14) Star Quest 126.95 (Sterling Acres)

What I can conclude is that the race was very high quality race. The 3 award-winning horses’ ratings are very high (much higher than the average award-winning horses’ ratings in other grade stakes). It is rare that all the 3 award winning horses’ ratings exceed or come near to 130.00. It is really a pity for the other 14 participants for encountering such strong competitors!

However, besides the marvelous performance of 3 award-winning horses, most of the other participants’ ratings are relatively lower (lower than average or normal distribution). The last prize-money ranking (5th)’s horse, Star Quest’s rating, was only 126.95.

I would like to comment on the horses which were performing better or worse than my expectation.

Better than expectation
(6) Stop speaking (Desmond Lee 2) is the horse performing much better than my expectation. His best rating before the G1 stake was around 128. In this grade I stake, his rating further climbed to 130. Despite the fact that he showed further improvement, he still could not win the race as the 2 champions in the prelude race, Dantes Peak Marathon (grade II), also showed their full potential in the St Paul of the Cross Cup.

Worse than expectation
Unbelievably, (4) Stitched together (Dickron) performed not quite well. He could only achieve a rating slightly higher than 125 (9th place). The workout rating before the St Paul of the Cross Cup was great and the preparation work went well. Usually, he could get rating of 127-128 with ease. Therefore, it is difficult to find an explanation for his poor performance.

The 3 favourites of the race
Finally, I will cover the 3 favourites of the race, which 3 of them also performed well in the prelude race, Dantes Peak Marathon (Grade II).
(2) Russian Sailor (Rowdy Racing 23) got the 4th place with a decent rating. (1) Less than three (Oak tree racing (former owner during the race)), was the winner of the prelude race, Dantes Peak Marathon. Actually, before the G1 race, I was a little bit worried that he cannot give honest & full effort in the St Paul of the Cross Cup, as during an allowance race after Dantes Peak Marathon and before the St Paul of the Cross Cup, he performed really really bad but finally, he could give up with the good work and show his full potential again in this G1 stake. (3) Philosopher GB (Phar Lap GB) constantly showed improvement after entering his 4-years-old. He got a first-runner up in the prelude race, Dantes Peak Marathon (with Less than three winning the Grade II race),. Finally, he was able to take revenge on Less than three and gained victory in the St Paul of the Cross Cup.

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