THE 2013 Trevor Krause Penshurst Cup may only be small in quantity, but for evenness, it is hard to dismiss any horse from having a winning chance in the race.
The $15,000 feature race on the seven event card looks one of the toughest to dissect.
From the Darren Weir top-weight and most likely favourite Xavier, to restricted class galloper Six Beat with promising Warrnambool apprentice Lily Coombe on board, every horse has claims to being the 2013 cup holder.
But when you do boil everything down, the top two in the weights do get the nod.
Both Xavier and Diamonds At Noon are regular country cup contenders, with recent results leaving little between the pair.
Diamonds At Noon, trained by Bill Cerchi, saluted in the Mortlake Cup back in November, defeating Xavier after the latter looked home halfway down the straight.
A couple of weeks later the pair had to settle for third and fourth placings in the Dunkeld Cup behind Gatalistic, but on this occasion Xavier beat his rival home by a length.
Since then both went separate ways and while Diamonds At Noon disappointed in a tougher race at big odds at Moonee Valley, Xavier ran his usual honest race for fourth in the strong $50,000 Traralgon Cup.
Full story in The Spectator on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.