Kingston Town Classic 2019

Saturday December 7, 2019

Ladbrokes Tip: The Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic is a popular Perth double in the summer

The Kingston Town Classic is the third and final Group 1 race contested at Western Australia’s Ascot Racecourse during the annual Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

Run two weeks after the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and week following the sprinter’s doing battle in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), the weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic takes place on a Saturday in early December and is contested over 1800m. Offering $1 million in prize money it is the traditional target for graduates of the Railway Stakes and the last horse to complete the double in the same season was Sniper’s Bullet (2009).

In 2012 the previous year’s Railway Stakes winner Luckgray (2011) won the Kingston Town Classic. More recently, the 2018 Railway Stakes champ Galaxy Star backed-up with a third in the Kingston Town Classic trifecta next start.

The Kingston Town Classic is named after Australian Racing Hall of Fame racehorse Kingston Town who was a triple Cox Plate winner (1980-82) among other accolades.

The latest edition of the Kingston Town Classic ran on Saturday December 7, 2019 and was won by Kay Cee, a filly by two-time champion Playing God. 

2019 Kingston Town Classic Results

The full Kingston Town Classic 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be available below after the Group 1 is run and won on Saturday December 7, 2019 .

  • 1st: #15 Kay Cee
  • 2nd: #1 Gailo Chop
  • 3rd: #5 Best Of Days

The Neville Parnham-trained filly Kay Cee ($11) dominated the 2019 Kingston Town Classic results running down veteran Warrnambool-trained galloper Gailo Chop ($41) to become the third filly in history to win the event.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 15 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1 50kg $11
2 1 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 0.65L 12 59kg $41
3 5 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Brad Rawiller 1.27L 2 59kg $5.50
4 14 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Shaun McGruddy 1.8L 4 52kg $14
5 2 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Ms Lucy Warwick 2.98L 9 59kg $19
6 8 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams Damien Oliver 3.15L 15 58.5kg $9
7 16 TUSCAN QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3.41L 3 50kg $3.40F
8 3 TALLY James Cummings Martin Harley 4.28L 8 59kg $21
9 11 MISSISSIPPI DELTA Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 5.01L 6 57kg $19
10 12 DIG DEEP Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 5.28L 5 52kg $21
11 7 PACODALI (IRE) Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 5.46L 13 59kg $14
12 10 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 6.1L 7 58.5kg $26
13 4 STAR EXHIBIT Adam Durrant Peter Hall 6.15L 14 59kg $61
14 6 ACHERNAR STAR Simon A Miller Paul Harvey 6.37L 16 59kg $41
15 9 THE VELVET KING Darren Mcauliffe Mitchell Pateman 7.22L 10 58.5kg $31
16 13 JERICHO MISSILE David Harrison Peter Knuckey 9.68L 11 52kg $31

Kingston Town Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday December 7, 2019
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1976

Kingston Town Classic Odds & Betting

Kingston Town Classic odds are led by the best performing horses coming out of the Railway Stakes run over 200m shorter under handicap conditions a fortnight before. Proven weight-for-age horses with winning form over the 1800m at Ascot also feature highly in the Kingston Town Classic betting markets each summer.

Last start winners have an excellent record in the race over the past decade, and a lead-up win in Perth in a race like the Railway Stakes usually ensures favouritism in the Kingston Town Classic odds.

Favourites have a strong winning strike rate over the past decade or so with seven winners from 2007 – 2019. The two most recent Kingston Town Classic favourites to salute for the punters were both fillies: Perfect Reflection (2015) and Arcadia Queen (2018). A third filly won the Kingston Town Classic in 2019 with Kay Cee saluting at $11.

After Perfect Reflection however there were two roughies in Kingston Town Classic betting that won with Stratum Star (2016) and Pounamu (2017) both at double-figures.

2019 Kingston Town Classic Betting

The season’s top Kingston Town Classic 2019 odds and Perth Group 1 betting market links will be provided below so stay tuned for access to the best summer prices.

Kingston Town Classic Tips

Kingston Town Classic tips include taking last start winners at the Ascot track, the in-form three-year-old gallopers of the season as the youngsters have a good record in the race and opting for form over barriers.

Other tips include following the favourite as the top fancies have plenty of recent wins, and avoiding any interstate visitors that haven’t had a previous Perth run as Stratum Star (2016) was the first Kingston Town Classic winner to come off a non-WA lead-up since Credit Account back in 1993.

2019 Kingston Town Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Kingston Town Classic 2019 betting tips and exotic summer racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the Perth locals and interstate raiders to get behind this season.

  • To Win: #15 Kay Cee ($13) 

With all the money and attention focused on last start WA Champion Fillies Classic winner Tuscan Queen, the punters seem to have forgotten about another filly in this field who is more than capable of winning at a nice price. Trainer Neville Parnham prepared dual Kingston Town Classic champ Playing God (2010-11) and this is a three-year-old daughter of that two-time winner. She’s got previous winning form over Tuscan Queen before running third in the Champion Fillies from a bad gate. She’s fitter having also run an eye-catching second when beaten by the narrowest of margins when runner-up in the WA Guineas behind the boys last time out. That form can hold here, she’s getting nice weight relief and draws the inside alley.

Kingston Town Classic Field

The Kingston Town Classic field attracts the season’s best milers – stayers with the line-up mainly attracting locally trained Perth gallopers. The Railway Stakes over the mile at the same track two weeks earlier is the key lead-up race into the Kingston Town Classic field and provides the majority of runners in the latter.

Kingston Town Classic Form Tips - Ladbrokes.com.au

Upset Kingston Town Classic winner Stratum Star (2016) was the first champ of the Perth Group 1 to come off a non-Ascot lead-up race since 1993. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The latest interstate raiders to beat the locals home for the Kingston Town Classic win were the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty (2014) and the Darren Weir-trained Statum Star (2016).

The Kingston Town Classic field has a capacity of 16 starters and was run at capacity in 2015 when Perfect Reflection became the first three-year-old filly in history to win.

Three years later Arcadia Queen became the second Kingston Town Classic winning filly to salute beating 13 rivals in the million dollar feature.

In 2019 the Kingston Town Classic field again ran at the full 16 starters when Playing God filly Kay Cee became the third filly in history to win.

The smallest field for the race in the past 30 plus years was 10 starters when Old Nick overcame the outside barrier to win in 1998.

Kingston Town Classic nominations close over a month before the race in late October before the final field of acceptances is released the Monday of race week.

2019 Kingston Town Classic Field

The official Kingston Town Classic 2019 Final Field is announced by Perth Racing the Monday leading-up to the race and will be available in full below as soon as released so stay tuned to see what gallopers make the starting line-up in the final Group 1 race of the year in Australia.

The 2019 Kingston Town Classic field features 16 class weight-for-age hopefuls including four for Grant & Alana Williams who won last year’s race with Arcadia Queen.

Tuscan Queen leads betting on the Kingston Town Classic final field looking to become history’s third filly to salute against the older horses, while the danger looks to be her Railway Stakes winning stablemate Regal Power.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2142×03790 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 12 59kg
2 5122515027 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Ms Lucy Warwick 9 59kg 110
3 6770×64219 TALLY James Cummings Martin Harley 8 59kg 105
4 7051145×18 STAR EXHIBIT Adam Durrant Peter Hall 14 59kg 105
5 5Nx7380352 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Brad Rawiller 2 59kg 108
6 9x211x5244 ACHERNAR STAR Simon A Miller Paul Harvey 16 59kg 107
7 51252×4431 PACODALI (IRE) Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 13 59kg
8 2321211×21 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams Damien Oliver 15 58.5kg 92
9 21412×2136 THE VELVET KING Darren Mcauliffe Mitchell Pateman 10 58.5kg 100
10 05138×1123 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 7 58.5kg 78
11 x6121214x1 MISSISSIPPI DELTA Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 6 57kg 92
12 141×7336 DIG DEEP Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 5 52kg 82
13 1x120x5129 JERICHO MISSILE David Harrison Peter Knuckey 11 52kg 82
14 3215 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Shaun McGruddy 4 52kg 60
15 4112132 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1 50kg 65
16 1121 TUSCAN QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3 50kg 64

2019 Kingston Town Classic Nominations

The early Kingston Town Classic 2019 nominations are taken around a month before Kingston Town Classic Day in December, the full entries to be released below.

Kingston Town Classic Form Guide

The Kingston Town Classic form guide details all the crucial information for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

History shows an even spread of winners from both inside and wider barrier draws, so doing the Kingston Town Classic form on the lead-up runs and track / distance records of the horses over their gate is important.

Three-year-olds have a good record in the race with six wins in the past decade, including three fillies with Perfect Reflection (2015), Arcadia Queen (2018) and Kay Cee (2019).

The Railway Stakes is the best guide and so looking for horses coming off a run in this mile lead-up is also important.

Kingston Town Classic Form Facts

  • The Railway Stakes has produced more Kingston Town Classic winners than any other lead-ups
  • A final run at Ascot is the key to picking the Kingston Town Classic winner with just one horse since 1993 having come off a lead-up outside of WA
  • Three-year-olds boast five wins – including three by fillies – in the Kingston Town Classic results from 2010 – 2019 so in-form youngsters make a good tip
  • Favourites in Kingston Town Classic betting have saluted six times from 2008 – 2019

2019 Kingston Town Classic Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Kingston Town Classic 2019 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Kingston Town Classic Results

The Kingston Town Classic results have been dominated by favourites and equal favourites over the past 10 years or so with the latest upsets caused by Playing God ($21 in 2011) who also saluted as the punters’ pick the previous year, Stratum Star ($12 in 2016), the shock local winner Pounamu ($21 in 2017) and the filly Kay Cee ($11 in 2019).

Other notable recent Kingston Town Classic winners include Luckygray (2012), Niconero (2006 and 2008) and Old Comrade (2000-01).

Kingston Town Classic Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Kay Cee Gailo Chop Best Of Days 1:51.2
2018 Arcadia Queen Material Man Galaxy Star 1:48.5
2017 Pounamu Material Man Achernar Star 1:49.5
2016 Stratum Star Scales Of Justice Perfect Reflection 1:49.4
2015 Perfect Reflection Delicacy Dark Musket 1:53.7
2014 Moriarty Disposition Elite Belle 1:48.7
2013 Ihtsahymn Luckygray Rohan 1:49.9
2012 Luckygray Mr Moet God Has Spoken 1:50.6
2011 Playing God Ranger King Saul 1:49.5
2010 Playing God Impressive Jeuney Trusting 1:48.9
2009 Sniper’s Bullet God Has Spoken Scenic Shot 1:46.9
2008 Niconero Gilded Venom Sniper’s Bullet 1:46.9
2007 Megatic Guyno New Spice 1:48.0
2006 Niconero Scenic Shot Daka’s Gem 1:47.4
2005 Early Express Lock The Vault Bon Argent 1:48.0
2004 Modem Free At Last True Steel 1:50.1
2003 True Steel Milanova Hardrada 2:03.6
2002 Blevvo Finito Corporate Bruce 1:52.1
2001 Old Comrade Miss Precisely Shot Of Thunder 1:50.0
2000 Old Comrade Umrum Slideaway 1:36.2