Kingston Town Stakes 2021

Saturday September 18, 2021

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 George Main Stakes Day during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The day’s racing is headlined by the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m), which is supported by two Group 2 events: The Shorts (1100m) for the spring sprint stars and the Tea Rose Stakes. George Main Stakes Day also sees the running of the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) offering the winner an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption and Kingston Town Stakes.

The Kingston Town Stakes is contested over 2000m at set weights plus penalties and offers a total of $160,000 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.

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 18, 2021 and was won by the favourite She’s Ideel. 

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Results

The official Kingston Town Stakes 2021 race results and full finishing order will be available below once the Group 3 Randwick race is run on Saturday September 18, 2021.

  • 1st: #14 She’s Ideel
  • 2nd: #3 Montefilia
  • 3rd: #15e Entente

The Bjorn Baker-trained two-time Group 1 placegetter She’s Ideel ($2.80F) broke through for her first stakes victory when saluting for the punters in the Kingston Town Stakes 2021 results in Sydney.

Kingston Town Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & upwards – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1948

Kingston Town Stakes Betting & Odds

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) was the last favourite in Kingston Town Stakes betting to win.

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Odds

The season’s best Kingston Town Stakes 2021 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.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Kingston Town Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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 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.

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Field

The official Kingston Town Stakes 2021 final field and barrier draw will be available below once announced on the Wednesday of George Main Stakes Day.

The 2021 Kingston Town Stakes field features a strong line-up of potential Group 1 bound staying types led by the likes of the David Payne-trained Montefilia coming off a good first-up third in the Chelmsford Stakes and Mark Newnham’s in-form seven-year-old Spirit Ridge.

  • Scratched: #6 Dashing Willoughby (10); #8 Taikomochi (5); #13 Laure Me In (13); #16e Criminal Code (8); #17e No Compromise (18)

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Nominations

The early Kingston Town Stakes 2021 nominations are announced on the Monday of race week and will be published below once released. 

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.

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Kingston Town Stakes 2021 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 seven and six Kingston Town Stakes winners respectively since 1999.

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Kingston Town Stakes 2021 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 George Main Stakes Day support act this September.

  • To Win: #3 Montefilia ($4.50 at time of publish)

A big field and plenty of value hopes, but sticking with the proven Group 1 winning favourite here to return to her best. She was good first-up when third in the Chelmsford Stakes over a mile closing well and she presents fitter for the run and will relish the step up to 2000m here.

Kingston Town Stakes Results

Notable Kingston Town Stakes winners include the race’s now namesake Kingston Town (1980, 1981), Stormhill (2005),  Herculian Prince (2010) and Libran (2017).

Kingston Town Stakes Winners

2021She’s IdeelBjorn BakerJason Collett53.5 kgs2:05.50
2020TaikomochiGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark56 kgs2:00.84
2019FincheChris WallerKerrin McEvoy56 kgs2:04.4
2018AviliusJames CummingsGlyn Schofield56 kgs2:02.01
2017LibranChris WallerGlyn Schofield57 kgs2:02.76
2016MccreeryChris WallerJoao Moreira54 kgs2:03.80
2015SilverballChris WallerBrenton Avdulla58 kgs2:02.98
2014He’s Your ManChris WallerHugh Bowman56.5 kgs2:04.02
2013Prince CheriDavid VandykeJay Ford54 kgs2:03.47
2012Stout HeartedChris WallerGlyn Schofield54 kgs2:00.68
2011LamaseryDavid VandykeBrenton Avdulla53 kgs2:02.50
2010Herculian PrinceGai WaterhouseHugh Bowman55.5 kgs2:01.54
2009Ready To LiftGerald RyanGlyn Schofield58 kgs2:01.91
2008HurrahChris WallerHugh Bowman55 kgs2:03.36
2006Mr MartiniMarc ConnersDarryl McLellan52.5 kgs2:05.55
2005StormhillTim MartinHugh Bowman55 kgs2:01.06
2004Just PoliteShaun DwyerDanny Beasley53 kgs2:04.02
2003ArianteGai WaterhouseLenny Beasley54 kgs2:03.13
2002Dress CircleGai WaterhouseLenny Beasley60.5 kgs2:02.15
2001Swiss EchoGai WaterhouseGlen Boss52.5 kgs2:03.34
2000Dashing SceneGai WaterhouseLenny Beasley52 kgs2:04.86