Northerly Stakes 2023

The Kingston Town Classic was renamed the Northerly Stakes ahead of the 2022 edition

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

2022 Northerly Stakes winner Amelia's Jewel

2022 Northerly Stakes winner Amelia’s Jewel (pictured at Flemington). Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

In Sydney on the same date Randwick hosts the $2 million Group 2 The Ingham (1600m) for the summer milers.

Run two weeks after the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and a week following the sprinters 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 $1.5 million in prize money as of 2022, 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.

When run as the Kingston Town Classic, the race was named after Australian Racing Hall of Fame racehorse Kingston Town who was a triple Cox Plate winner (1980-82) among other accolades.

In 2022 it was renamed the Northerly Stakes in honour of Australia’s premiere middle-distance racehorse in the early 2000s, Northerly, who won the 2000 Railway Stakes in Perth. Northerly would go on to win a plethora of other Group 1 features in Australia over his star career including the Australian Cup (2001, 2003), Cox Plate (2001, 2002), and Caulfield Cup (2002).

The old race formerly known as the Northerly Stakes held at Ascot in Perth during October is now named the Group 3 Eurythmic Stakes (1400m) and takes place on the same date as Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup race.

As of 2022 Perth’s premier racing carnival will continue on with the running of the Group 3 $1.5 million The Gold Rush (1400m) the weekend after the Northerly Stakes at Ascot.

The latest edition of the Northerly Stakes ran on Saturday December 9, 2023 and saw Dom To Shoot ($21) post a narrow upset defeating the favourite Zaaki ($2.50F) in a tight quinella. 

2023 Northerly Stakes Results

The full Northerly Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order – formerly known as the Kingston Town Classic Stakes up until 2022 – will be available below after the Group 1 is run and won on Saturday December 9, 2023.

  • 1st: #5 Dom To Shoot
  • 2nd: #1 Zaaki
  • 3rd: #15 Zipaway

The Sean & Jake Casey-trained Shooting  To Win six-year-old, Dom To Shoot ($21), improved on his third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes to charge home over the final 100m to run down and deny the favourite Zaaki success right on the line in a final stride thriller in the 2023 Northerly Stakes results.

2023 Northerly Stakes Odds

The season’s top Northerly Stakes 2023 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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Northerly Stakes Race Info

  • Former Race Name: Kingston Town Classic
  • Date: Saturday December 9, 2023
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1976

Northerly Stakes Betting

Kingston Town Classic odds – now known as the Northerly Stakes 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 Northerly Stakes 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 Northerly Stakes odds.

Favourites have a strong winning strike rate over the past decade or so with eight winners from 2007 – 2023. The three most recent Kingston Town Classic / Northerly Stakes favourites to salute for the punters were all fillies with Perfect Reflection (2015), Arcadia Queen (2018) and Amelia’s Jewel ($2.90 in 2022). Another filly also 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).

There was another notable Northerly Stakes upset in 2023 with Dom To Shoot ($21) narrowly beating home the favourite Zaaki ($2.60) in the final stride. 

Northerly Stakes Tips

Kingston Town Classic tips – now known as the Northerly Stakes 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.

2023 Northerly Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Northerly Stakes 2023 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: #11 Alsephina ($7.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going for value in the Northerly Stakes and have Alsephina on top to finally break through with a win after a string of frustrating seconds this prep. The local Grant & Alana Williams-trained Star Turn mare is from the right stable to win a Perth Group 1. The bonny five-year-old has been second in all three runs this time in in key Northerly Stakes lead-up races. At her latest a fortnight back she was runner-up a length off Bustler here with 53kg in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m). William Pike stays on from a favourable barrier six draw and, even with more weight, she looks well suited with previous winning form over the 1800m distance.

Northerly Stakes Field

The Northerly Stakes race 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 Northerly Stakes field and provides the majority of runners in the latter.

Kingston Town Classic Form Tips -

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 Stratum Star (2016).

The Northerly Stakes 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.

Fifteen runners faced off in the 2022 Northerly Stakes field with an early scratching from the event, which was subsequently won by the well-backed filly Amelia’s Jewel.

There was a capacity Northerly Stakes field of 16 in 2023 when the WA-trained Dom To Shoot scored an upset. 

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.

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

2023 Northerly Stakes Field

The official Northerly Stakes 2023 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 Northerly Stakes 2023 final field features a class line-up of local and interstate hopefuls including the Annabel Neasham-trained four-time Group 1 winner Zaaki and Neville Parnham’s Group 2 WA Guineas winning Playing God three-year-old Zipaway.

The 2023 Northerly Stakes barrier draw took place on Tuesday evening with Zaaki drawing out in gate 10 and the Railway Stakes champ Bustler chasing the double from barrier five.

2023 Northerly Stakes Nominations

The early Northerly Stakes 2023 nominations are taken around a month before Northerly Stakes Day in early December, the full entries to be released below.

The 2023 Northerly Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 106 hopefuls led in all-in betting by Group 1 winner Tuvalu coming off some big runs in the Melbourne majors over the spring and lightly-raced three-year-old Cosmic Crusader.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 20x1316x0x TRIX OF THE TRADE G 5 Colin Webster 1 59kg   106
2 45x845221x LAST OF THE LINE G 7 Stephen Miller 2 59kg   104
3 0x05912x8x STARTRADE G 7 Daniel Morton 3 59kg   104
4 945x31823x DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 4 59kg   103
5 123x87707x GOD HAS CHOSEN G 6 Donna Riordan 5 59kg   102
6 125x60113x BUSTLER G 4 Neville Parnham 6 58.5kg   101
7 46x2x1132x PHANTA G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi 7 59kg   101
8 x141211x2x THE VELVET QUEEN M 5 Darren McAuliffe 8 57kg   97
9 733x17137x PLAYING MARIKA M 8 Stephanie Bakranich 9 57kg   96
10 21x0180x1x SEARCHIN’ ROC’S M 5 Jim Taylor 10 57kg   96
11 x12111111x ALSEPHINA M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 11 57kg   92
12 242112311x CASINO SEVENTEEN G 6 Grant & Alana Williams 12 59kg   96
13 311168141x GINGER BAKER G 6 Vernon Brockman 13 59kg   95
14 122113x05x WEAPONSON G 7 Daniel Morton 14 59kg   92
15 3261x2133x ADMIRATION EXPRESS M 4 Jason Miller 15 56.5kg   86
16 31211x SUPER SMINK F 3 Daniel Morton 16 50kg   86
17 3215x2317x RIVER RUBICON G 5 Steve Wolfe 17 59kg   89
18 226333111x BLACK FANTASY G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce 18 59kg   86
19 17x41112x7 ANOTHER CHINO G 4 Daniel Morton 19 58.5kg   85
20 346x26321x BE OPTIMISTIC M 5 Luke Fernie 20 57kg   80
21 x563730849 EEYORE WAYZ G 7 Raquel Reid 21 59kg   83
22 33x6057x6x PROCONSENT G 8 Sean & Jake Casey 22 59kg   83
23 8x421111x2 BENJI’S G 6 Cliff Green 23 59kg   80
24 8101x8114x CURRIMUNDI G 5 Steve Wolfe 24 59kg   80
25 1x0x313x13 SENTIMENTAL HERO G 6 Michael Grantham 25 59kg   79
26 211x1147x LENIENCY G 4 Colin Webster 26= 58.5kg   75
27 3x114x21x7 A LOT OF GOOD MEN C 3 Trevor Andrews 26= 52kg   75
28 08x11751x3 MOJO RHYTHM G 5 Mitchell Pateman 28 59kg   75
29 1223434×12 PLAYHOUSE PATRON G 4 Bob McPherson 29 58.5kg   75
30 6×1 ALMIGHTY CLASS G 3 Mitchell Pateman 30 52kg   74
31 x11113x70x CATCH THESE HANDS G 4 Steve Wolfe 31 58.5kg   73
32 62225x323x DEMOLISH G 4 Neville Parnham 32 58.5kg   73
33 52148x84x4 ATLANTIS BEACH G 6 Cliff Green 33 59kg   70
34 181x HANCHI G 3 Sean & Jake Casey 34 52kg   70
35 131x ROPE THEM IN G 3 Steve Wolfe 35 52kg   70
36 1×61 COSMIC CRUSADER (NZ) G 3 Donna Riordan 36 52kg   69
37 4410x9180x DEFIANT DIORITE G 4 Chris Willis 37 58.5kg   69
38 5113x INVESTMENTSTRATEGY C 3 Neville Parnham 38 52kg   69
39 1312×6 PARIS CALLING F 3 Trevor Andrews 39 50kg   65
40 1×1 KESHI BOOM F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 40 50kg   63
41 1×5 ELITEONE G 3 Simon A Miller 41 52kg   66
42 3x21x GENEROSITY F 3 Simon A Miller 42 50kg   62
43 11×4 PETULA F 3 Simon A Miller 43 50kg   62
44 115 PLEASURE CRUISE G 3 Takahide Ikenushi 44 52kg   66
45 15x CHOLLIMA F 3 Darren McAuliffe 45 50kg   60
46 243x1x ZIPAWAY G 3 Neville Parnham 46= 52kg   66
47 1x WRITTEN MELODY F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 46= 50kg   60
48 332x AYUMI F 3 Trevor Andrews 48 50kg   58
49 990x08619x FLEUR DELACOUR M 4 Chris Willis 49 56.5kg   58
50 4×21 IN GOOD ORDER G 3 Daniel Morton 50 52kg   62
51 1x KERMIT’S LUCK G 3 Luke Fernie 51 52kg   62
52 1x SAULOK G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 52 52kg   62
53 2x SIBERIAN SIREN F 3 Sean & Jake Casey 53 50kg   58
54 2x SKYTALKER G 3 Indianna Weinert 54 52kg   62
55 1x BEST MOOD C 3 Michael Grantham 55 52kg   60
56 02419x011x AIN’TNODEELDUN G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 56 59kg    
57 847x72537x ALASKAN GOD G 5 Daniel Morton 57 59kg    
58 428x009x6x ARAMAYO G 8 Sam Kavanagh 58 59kg    
59 2231 ARCADIA KNIGHT G 3 Takahide Ikenushi 59 52kg    
60 613106x01x ASCENSION (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 60 59kg    
61 3x216Px520 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 61 57kg    
62 27410x890x BANK MAUR H 4 Richard Laming 62 58.5kg    
63 1154x5213x CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings 63 59kg    
64 37160x000x COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman 64 58.5kg    
65 x73027x40x CONVERGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 65 59kg    
66 x24120x330 CORNER POCKET G 7 Lindsey Smith 66 59kg    
67 3×21221317 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 67= 59kg    
68 3x1127x32x EN FRANCAIS M 6 Jake Stephens 67= 57kg    
69 4x5958709x EXCELLENT PROPOSAL G 7 Michael Freedman 69 59kg    
70 x4430x7629 FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 70 59kg    
71 3127x FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 71 56.5kg    
72 26844x407x HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 72 57kg    
73 1119x4111x IKNOWASTAR G 4 Bjorn Baker 73 58.5kg    
74 02369×9010 IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea 74 59kg    
75 51x111120x FAWKNER PARK (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham 75= 59kg    
76 1x3131x925 KOVALICA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 75= 58.5kg    
77 12x74x421x LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 77 57kg    
78 51210×0488 LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 78 58.5kg    
79 x66445x13x LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) G 7 Michael Hickmott 79 59kg    
80 x61011x10x MAROCCHINO G 7 Lou Luciani 80 59kg    
81 x6026x6473 MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 81 59kg    
82 x20480x45x NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 82 59kg    
83 x426256x9x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 8 Annabel Neasham 83 59kg    
84 1761x5730x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 84 58.5kg    
85 2x80x5290x POLITICAL DEBATE H 4 Chris Waller 85 58.5kg    
86 11263×6408 POUNDING G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 86 59kg    
87 7x4298x626 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 87 57kg    
88 5x63616x83 RED SUN SENSATION G 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 88 58.5kg    
89 641211×110 REDIENER G 4 Chris Waller 89 58.5kg    
90 69x6124x51 RENAISSANCE WOMAN (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker 90 56.5kg    
91 3410x52x5x ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 91 57kg    
92 x460x4023x SIBAAQ (GB) G 6 Annabel Neasham 92 59kg    
93 61043x200x SKYMAN (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 93 59kg    
94 232x10x06x STEINEM (GB) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 94 57kg    
95 16460x010x SURF DANCER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 95 59kg    
96 12x79x432x TUVALU G 6 Lindsey Smith 96 59kg    
97 416x41112x WATEGOS G 5 Bjorn Baker 97 59kg    
98 425x45137x WICKLOW (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 98 59kg    
99 41x217x32x ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 99 59kg    
100   SHOOTING SPIRIT G 3 Simon A Miller 100 52kg    
101   NO BRAINER G 3 Daniel Morton 101 52kg    
102 528x KRATESIS F 3 Daniel Morton 102 50kg   56
103 1x86x8010x UNCLE BRYN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 103= 59kg    
104 32x JANNY F 3 Grant & Alana Williams 103= 50kg   57
105 7 GRAND RESERVE G 3 Daniel Morton 105 52kg    
106 1x520x339x WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 106 59kg    

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Northerly Stakes Form Guide

The Kingston Town Classic form guide – now known as the Northerly Stakes 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 Northerly Stakes 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 seven wins in the past decade, including three fillies with Perfect Reflection (2015), Arcadia Queen (2018), Kay Cee (2019) and Amelia’s Jewel (2022) who won from barrier one.

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

The 2022 Northerly Stakes form was franked with the winner Amelia’s Jewel running second in the following April’s inaugural edition of the $4 million The Quokka before two Group 2 victories in Melbourne in the spring of 2023.

Northerly Stakes Form Facts

  • The Railway Stakes has produced more Kingston Town Classic / Northerly Stakes winners than any other lead-ups.
  • A final run at Ascot is the key to picking the Northerly Stakes winner with just one horse since 1993 having come off a lead-up outside of WA.
  • Three-year-olds boast six wins – including four by fillies – in the Kingston Town Classic / Northerly Stakes results from 2010 – 2023 so in-form youngsters make a good tip.
  • Favourites in Kingston Town Classic betting saluted seven times from 2008 – 2023.

2023 Northerly Stakes Form Guide

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

Kingston Town Classic / Northerly Stakes 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), former All-Star Mile champion Regal Power ($14 in 2021), and Dom To Shoot ($21 in 2023). 

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

From 2022 onwards the winning horses in this race are known as the Northerly Stakes winners with the favourite filly Amelia’s Jewel the first to win under the event’s new name.

Kingston Town Classic / Northerly Stakes Winners

Recent Kingston Town Classic and Northerly Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Dom To Shoot Zaaki Zipaway 1:48.61
2022 Amelia’s Jewel Ironclad Steinem 1:50.8
2021 Regal Power Western Empire Kissonallforcheeks 1:48.8
2020 Truly Great Inspirational Girl Dom To Shoot 1:48.2
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