Kingston Town Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Kingston Town Stakes is a key guide to The Metropolitan each spring.

The Kingston Town Stakes is a Group 3 race for stayers held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in September on The Shorts Day during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2022 Kingston Town Stakes winner Alegron

2022 Kingston Town Stakes winner Alegron. Photo: Steve Hart.

The day’s racing is headlined by the Group 2 $1 million The Shorts (1100m) for the spring sprint stars potentially gearing up for a run in the $20 million The Everest and the Group 2 $300,000 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) for Flight Stakes-bound fillies.

Added to the card for the first time in 2023 is the unlisted $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) which replaces the George Main Stakes as the mile feature on the card and offers the winner an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

The meeting also sees the running of the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) offering the winner an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

The Kingston Town Stakes is contested over 2000m at set weights plus penalties and offers a total of $250,000 in total prize money.

It is a traditional lead-up to the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick in October and the Kingston Town Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for that mile and a half classic. Herculian Prince (2010) was the last horse to complete the Kingston Town Stakes – Metropolitan Handicap double.

In 2021 The Metropolitan winner Montefilia came via a lead-up second in the Kingston Town Stakes results.

Run and won since 1948, the event was previously known as the STC Cup before being renamed in hour of the race’s dual champion Kingston Town (1980, 1981) who is best known for his Cox Plate three-peat (1980-82).

The latest edition of the Kingston Town Stakes ran on Saturday September 16, 2023 with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite Just Fine ($3.30F) saluting for the punters in style to snare The Metropolitan ballot exemption.

2023 Kingston Town Stakes Results

The official Kingston Town Stakes 2023 race results and full finishing order will be available below once the Group 3 Randwick race is run on Saturday September 16, 2023.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Just Fine

The Group 1 The Metropolitan could be next-up for 2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Just Fine. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #16e Just Fine
  • 2nd: #13 Benaud
  • 3rd: #4 Montefilia

The progressive Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained European import Just Fine ($3.30F) made a move at the top of the straight, was taken to the front and wound up beautifully for a dominant victory as the favourite to make it back-to-back wins down under in the 2023 Kingston Town Stakes results on way to the Group 1 The Metropolitan in a fortnight.

2023 Kingston Town Stakes Odds

The season’s best Kingston Town Stakes 2023 betting odds and links to our markets will be made available to punters right here the week of the race so stay tuned for the top Group 3 Randwick racing markets.

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Kingston Town Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & upwards – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1948

Kingston Town Stakes Betting

Kingston Town Stakes odds are led by the in-form stayers of the spring coming off good lead-up runs in Sydney races against similar company.

There are usually short Kingston Town Stakes betting odds offered on any Chris Waller-trained horses with the stable winning seven times from 2007-20 most recently with Finche (2019).

She’s Ideel ($2.80 in 2021) and Just Fine ($3.30 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Kingston Town Stakes betting to win.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with the James Cummings-trained Alegron winning at Kingston Town Stakes odds of $20.

Kingston Town Stakes Field

Kingston Town Stakes Winners Finche (2019) | Photo: Steve Hart |
2019 Kingston Town Stakes winner Finche. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Kingston Town Stakes race field attracts the season’s best stayers heading towards a run in The Metropolitan over a mile and a half back at the track a fortnight later.

Some of the better stayers out of the Kingston Town Stakes field may also continue onto Flemington’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles on the first Tuesday in November.

Finche ran fourth in the 2018 Melbourne Cup before winning the next year’s Kingston Town Stakes. He would contest the 2019 Melbourne Cup as well placing seventh and also ran ninth in the 2020 edition of the world’s richest handicap.

In 2022 Knight’s Order finished third in the Kingston Town Stakes, third in that year’s Caulfield Cup, ninth in a credible Melbourne Cup performance, and third in the following autumn’s 2023 Sydney Cup trifecta.

2023 Kingston Town Stakes Field

The official Kingston Town Stakes 2023 final field and barrier draw will be available below once announced on the Wednesday of The Shorts Day.

The Kingston Town Stakes 2023 final field features a quality line-up of in-form staying types including the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes winner Navajo Peak and current race favourite  Just Fine from the Waterhouse/Bott stable coming off a win over the mile here and now in the mix with the scratchings. 

2023 Kingston Town Stakes Nominations

The early Kingston Town Stakes 2023 nominations are announced on the Monday of race week and will be published below once released. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 40x5229x86 MONTEFILIA M 6 Chris Waller 1 57kg     113
2 439x8663x0 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 9 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 58kg     110
3 x421222x01 NAVAJO PEAK G 5 David Payne 3 57kg     106
4 1102x100x2 PROTAGONIST (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 4 56kg     105
5 6x11421x02 MAJOR BEEL (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 5= 58kg     104
6 52x131x8x0 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5= 56.5kg     104
7 x385281117 BOLD MAC (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 5= 55kg     104
8 51226x50x4 CLEVELAND (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 5= 55kg     104
9 311x1430x0 KING FRANKEL (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 9= 55kg     103
10 0x67521x40 SKY LAB G 6 Paul Perry 9= 55kg     103
11 1214x380x0 GEAR UP (IRE) H 6 Annabel Neasham 11= 56kg     102
12 x3x5315232 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 11= 55kg     102
13 480x1390x7 SIR LUCAN (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11= 55kg     102
14 9281x860x8 MANZOICE H 4 Chris Waller 14= 58kg     101
15 x80x90Px00 CAMORRA (IRE) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 14= 57kg     101
16 x921213x3L KALAPOUR (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 16 56kg     100
17 x601x060x0 TORRENS H 7 Marc Chevalier 17 55kg     99
18 x994658101 BENAUD G 5 John O’Shea 18= 55kg     98
19 302x858x58 FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 18= 55kg     98
20 217x0020x0 HOPEFUL (FR) G 7 Annabel Neasham 18= 55kg     98
21 1122317×46 AL AABIR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 21 55kg     92
22 2x386061x1 JUST FINE (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 22 55kg     91
23 3498419128 OUTLANDOS G 7 John Sargent 23 55kg     90
24 x13x212213 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 24 55kg     89
25 x096898x04 PARRY SOUND G 8 Sara Ryan 25 56kg     88
26 x2x630x112 TAZARAL (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 26 55kg     85
27 34216×4221 WINEGLASS BAY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 27 55kg     79

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Kingston Town Stakes Form Guide

The Kingston Town Stakes form guide features all the crucial information for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs. One of the best form lines to follow into the Kingston Town Stakes is the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) held a fortnight earlier at the same track.

Alegron (7th in 2022) was the last Kingsford Town Stakes winner to come via a lead-up run in the Chelmsford Stakes.

2023 Kingston Town Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Kingston Town Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Kingston Town Stakes Tips

Good Kingston Town Stakes tips include looking for stayers coming off a top three run in Sydney last time out, proven Randwick performers and those suited to at least 2000m.

Locally Sydney-trained horses have an outstanding record in the race including those from Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse who have prepared the bulk of the Kingston Town Stakes winners since 1999.

2023 Kingston Town Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Kingston Town Stakes 2023 betting tips and exotic selections will be detailed below leading up to the race so stay tuned for the fillies to get behind in The Shorts Day support act this September.

  • To Win: #5 Navajo Peak ($9.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

A tricky race for the punters with plenty of in-form hopefuls vying for the title ahead of tougher spring assignments. Going to stick with the David Payne-trained Territories gelding who came good for us last time out winning the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at blowout odds second-up last start. Was that a fluke? We will find out on Saturday. Think the extra distance will only see him improve as he has a strong strike-rate at 2000m (3:2-1-0). Beat some good horses off the Group 1 lead-up prior to that and around this level has a good record he can add to here at a nice price.

Kingston Town Stakes Results

Notable Kingston Town Stakes winners include the race’s now namesake Kingston Town (1980 & 1981), Stormhill (2005), Herculian Prince (2010), Libran (2017), Avilius (2018), Finche (2019), and Alegron (2022).

She’s Ideel (2021) was the last Kingston Town Stakes winning mare.

Stout Hearted holds the current Kingston Town Stakes race record winning over 2000m in 2012 in a time of 2 minutes 00.68 seconds.

Past Kingston Town Stakes Winners

Recent Kingston Town Stakes winners dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time
2023 Just Fine Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 55 kgs 2:00.39
2022 Alegron James Cummings Rachel King 55 kgs 2:06.79
2021 She’s Ideel Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 53.5 kgs 2:05.50
2020 Taikomochi Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 56 kgs 2:00.84
2019 Finche Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 56 kgs 2:04.4
2018 Avilius James Cummings Glyn Schofield 56 kgs 2:02.01
2017 Libran Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 57 kgs 2:02.76
2016 Mccreery Chris Waller Joao Moreira 54 kgs 2:03.80
2015 Silverball Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 58 kgs 2:02.98
2014 He’s Your Man Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 2:04.02
2013 Prince Cheri David Vandyke Jay Ford 54 kgs 2:03.47
2012 Stout Hearted Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 54 kgs 2:00.68
2011 Lamasery David Vandyke Brenton Avdulla 53 kgs 2:02.50
2010 Herculian Prince Gai Waterhouse Hugh Bowman 55.5 kgs 2:01.54
2009 Ready To Lift Gerald Ryan Glyn Schofield 58 kgs 2:01.91
2008 Hurrah Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 55 kgs 2:03.36
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 Mr Martini Marc Conners Darryl McLellan 52.5 kgs 2:05.55
2005 Stormhill Tim Martin Hugh Bowman 55 kgs 2:01.06
2004 Just Polite Shaun Dwyer Danny Beasley 53 kgs 2:04.02
2003 Ariante Gai Waterhouse Lenny Beasley 54 kgs 2:03.13
2002 Dress Circle Gai Waterhouse Lenny Beasley 60.5 kgs 2:02.15
2001 Swiss Echo Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 52.5 kgs 2:03.34
2000 Dashing Scene Gai Waterhouse Lenny Beasley 52 kgs 2:04.86