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. In 2021 the Railway Stakes winner Western Empire started odds-on at $1.20 in the Kingston Town Classic only to run second to his stablemate Regal Power in a shock loss.
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 4, 2021 and saw Regal Power ($14) upset his Railway Stakes winning stablemate Western Empire ($1.20F).
2021 Kingston Town Classic Results
The full Kingston Town Classic 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be available below after the Group 1 is run and won on Saturday December 4, 2021.
- 1st: #1 Regal Power
- 2nd: #7 Western Empire
- 3rd: #9 Kissonallforcheeks
The Grant & Alana Williams-trained Regal Power ($14) – winner of the 2019 Railway Stakes and 2020 All-Star Mile – recorded another feature race victory with an upset win in the Kingston Town Classic 2021 results. He defeated his Railway Stakes winning stablemate and odds-on favourite Western Empire ($1.20) by a half-length, the beaten top elect having a luckless run three wide the trip no cover.
Kingston Town Classic Race Info
- Date: Saturday December 4, 2021
- Track: Ascot Racecourse
- Distance: 1800m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1 million
- First Run: 1976
Kingston Town Classic 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 – 2021. 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.
There was also an upset in 2020 when $18 shot Truly Great beat home his short-priced stablemate Inspirational Girl ($2.10F), and again in 2021 with Regal Power ($14) beating the fellow Grant & Alana Williams-trained Western Empire ($1.20F).
2021 Kingston Town Classic Betting
The season’s top Kingston Town Classic 2021 odds and Perth Group 1 betting market links will be provided below so stay tuned for access to the best summer prices.
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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.
2021 Kingston Town Classic Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Kingston Town Classic 2021 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: #7 Western Empire ($1.45 at time of publish)
There’s no value in the favourite, but it is also impossible to bet against this flying Grant & Alana Williams-trained four-year-old. He comes off six straight wins and was very impressive up in grade taking out the Group 1 Railway Stakes over a mile without any issues second-up. Presents rock-hard fit third-up, is from WA’s leading stable and has WA’s premier hoop Pike in the saddle again. Smallish field, wider draw over the 1800m is a non-issue and the extra distance will suit as he’s won over 2400m before. Only question that needs to be answered is the 58.5kg at WFA as he only carried 53kg in the Railway, but on class alone he should be able to beat this field.
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.
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.
2021 Kingston Town Classic Field
The official Kingston Town Classic 2021 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.
Last start Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Western Empire is odds-on favourite in a small 10-horse Kingston Town Classic 2021 field in Perth this weekend chasing a seventh win on the trot.
2021 Kingston Town Classic Nominations
The early Kingston Town Classic 2021 nominations are taken around a month before Kingston Town Classic Day in December, the full entries to be released below.
The 2021 Kingston Town Classic nominations drew 97 early entries including the autumn’s WATC Derby winner Western Empire, recent WA Champion Fillies Classic winner Searchin’ Roc’s and Lee Steere Stakes winner Massimo.
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 – 2021 so in-form youngsters make a good tip
- Favourites in Kingston Town Classic betting have saluted six times from 2008 – 2021
2021 Kingston Town Classic Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Kingston Town Classic 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
Kingston Town Classic Results
The Kingston Town Classic results have seen plenty of recent upsets including: 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), the filly Kay Cee ($11 in 2019), Truly Great ($18 in 2020) and former All-Star Mile champion Regal Power ($14 in 2021).
Other notable recent Kingston Town Classic winners include Luckygray (2012), Niconero (2006 and 2008) and Old Comrade (2000-01).
Kingston Town Classic Winners
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