Race 1 - 3:24pm
Willie Pike rides the favourite in the opening race on Kingston Town Classic Day and he should be able to start the day with a winner. Street Fury returned to the races with a smart win over 1000 metres and she will be better suited by the step-up to 1200 metres. This is a fairly limited field and she is the only galloper in this contest with any real upside.
4 Units Street Fury
Race 2 - 4:04pm
There are only eight horses left in this field, but you can make a case for every single one of them. This really is an extremely even field and it is not a race that I am keen to bet into.
Race 3 - 4:44pm
Celebrity Dream will start the Jungle Dawn Classic as a clear favourite and she will be very tough to beat. She has recorded three wins from her past four starts and she was very good in the Jungle Mist Classic a fortnight ago. The inside barrier draw is the only concern and she will need luck in running at the right time, but she does have Pike in the saddle. It is tough to dive in at the current odds, but there is no doubt that she is the horse to beat.
Race 4 - 5:24pm
This really does look like a race in two between Truly Belong and Gaulois. Gaulois did not have any luck in running whatsoever in the Western Australian Guineas and he was still able to find the line nicely to finish fourth. The winner of that race, Perfect Jewel, will start the Kingston Town Classic as one of the favourites. He should get a lovely trail into the race from barrier two, while Truly Belong will need luck in running from the inside barrier.
3 Units Gaulois
Race 5 - 6:00pm
Classical Prince returned to the races with a solid effort at Ascot a fortnight ago and he is a horse that generally does to another level second-up. He doesn’t win out of turn, but this is far from the strongest race and he is well and truly over the odds at his current price.
1 Unit Classical Prince
Race 6 - 6:35pm
Where’s Wally is one of the most interesting horses set to run at Ascot this afternoon. He has not been seen at the races for over a year, but one his best form he does have a clear class edge over the rest of this field. Where’s Wally finished second behind the talented Caipirinha in the Placid Ark Stakes and that sort of form is more than good enough to win this race.
2 Units Where’s Wally
Race 7 - 7:10pm
Trap For Fools has gone to another level this preparation and there is no reason that he can’t record his fifth win on the trot. There is no fitter horse in this race and he is a galloper that is still on the improve. Douglas Whyte took him straight to the front in the Tattersall’s Cup and a repeat is on the cards in this race.
4 Units Trap For Fools
Race 8 - 7:50pm
Black Heart Bart is the class horse in the Kingston Town Classic and he may never have a better chance to record a maiden Group 1 win on Perth soil. He wasn’t disgraced in any of his race starts during the 2017 Spring Racing Carnival and his run in the Railway Stakes was enormous. Weight-For-Age obviously suits him more than any other horse in this field and with even luck in running he will be tough to beat.
The obvious danger is It’s Somewhat. He has been set for this run all campaign long and his lead-up run in the Emirates Stakes was excellent. I like the fact that James Cummings has given him a barrier trial in between runs and 1800 metres is his ideal trip.
A roughie that can run a big race at juicy odds is Pounamu. Pounamu was the only horse that made up any ground late in the Railway Stakes and he will be even better suited by the step-up to 1800 metres. He is well and truly over the odds at $26.
3 Units Black Heart Bart
1.5 Units It’s Somewhat
Race 9 - 8:30pm
This is a big step-up in trip for My Grace, but I am willing to take the gamble at the current price. She was outsprinted over 1000 metres last start, but this is a more appropriate race for her and as long as she runs out the trip she will be in the finish. It would not surprise if she was well-backed late – she does have Willie Pike in the saddle – and I would be locking in the price that is currently on offer.
1 Unit My Grace