Kingston Town Classic 2017

Saturday December 9, 2017

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 was Sniper’s Bullet (2009).

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 9, 2017 .

2017 Kingston Town Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Pounamu
  • 2nd: #6 Material Man
  • 3rd: #13 Achernar Star

Kingston Town Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday December 9, 2017
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1976

2017 Kingston Town Classic Results

The full Kingston Town Classic 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be available below after the Group 1 is run and won on Saturday December 9, 2017 .

The 2017 Kingston Town Classic Results saw local Alan Mathews-trained six-year-old Pounamu score a notable upset as a $21 roughie, defeating fellow Perth locals Material Man (2nd) and Achernar Star (3rd) in a race where the beaten favourite Black Heart Bart could only manage to cross ninth after suffering a nasty check.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 8 59kg $21
2 6 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Mitchell Pateman 0.5L 6 59kg $31
3 13 ACHERNAR STAR Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 0.75L 4 52kg $8.50
4 15 PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1.5L 9 50kg $5.50
5 2 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2L 11 59kg $7
6 12 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams Jarrad Noske 2.25L 10 56.5kg $41
7 14 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 3.25L 2 52kg $41
8 3 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 4.5L 12 59kg $41
9 1 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 5.25L 1 59kg $3.20F
10 11 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 5.25L 3 57kg $41
11 4 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 5.5L 7 59kg $9
12 8 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Douglas Whyte 7.25L 5 59kg $14
13 7 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 8L 13 59kg $41
9 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Lee Newman 0
10 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant Brad Parnham 0

Kingston Town Classic Odds & 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 10 years with six winners from 2007 – 2017, most recently the gun filly Perfect Reflection (2015). 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.

2017 Kingston Town Classic Betting

The season’s top Kingston Town Classic 2017 odds and Perth Group 1 betting market links will be provided below so stay tuned for access to the best summer prices.

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.

2017 Kingston Town Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Kingston Town Classic 2017 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.

  • 1st: Perfect Jewel ($6) – Plenty of boxes ticked by the ultra-consistent filly out to emulate the also Grant Williams-trained Perfect Reflection (2015) who backed-up off a win to beat the older horses as a 3YO Filly in this race. Perfect Jewel carries just 50kg at WFA, has William Pike aboard and has lost just one of her four career starts to date. Needs to prove her Group 1 and 1800m ability, but the lead-up WA Guineas win over the mile against the boys was impressive.
  • 2nd: #1 Black Heart Bart ($3) – Deserving race favourite looking to go one better than the very close second first-up back from a hoof injury in the Railway Stakes here giving the kilos away in the handicap. Fitter here, better suited to WFA conditions and just needs to get into clear running from barrier one to hand trainer Darren Weir back-to-back wins in the race and become a six-time Group 1 champion.
  • 3rd: #3 Great Shot ($18) – Rhys Radford’s consistent Magnus five-year-old was the upset Railway Stakes winner narrowly holding off Black Heart Bart when carrying only 53.5kg. Needs to be improving notably back to 59kg and equal with the champion at WFA, but jockey Craig Staples has confidence and this galloper is going well enough to suggest he can peak once more and run in the money here.

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.

Kingston Town Classic Form Tips - Ladbrokes.com.au

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 last run at capacity in 2015 when Perfect Reflection became the first three-year-old 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.

2017 Kingston Town Classic Field

The official Kingston Town Classic 2017 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 2017 Kingston Town Classic Field & Barriers feature 15 hopefuls led by the rails-drawn favourite Black Heart Bart out to improve on a close lead-up second in the Railway Stakes. Chris Waller’s Railway Stakes third placegetter Tom Melbourne gets another chance to finally break through with a Group 1 victory of his own from gate seven with Damien Oliver aboard, while the best of the local hopes is the WA Guineas winning filly Perfect Jewel.

Kingston Town Classic 2017 Field Update: Silverstream (15) has been scratched from the line-up due to a foot abscess and will instead be saved for a possible Saturday week run at the track in the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m). The Darren McAuliffe-trained four-year-old Gatting (13) has also officially been withdrawn from the 2017 Kingston Town Classic field and markets, leaving 13 weight-for-age hopefuls.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1x75x32352 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1 59kg
2 3x1119x033 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 11 59kg
3 2186×52321 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 12 59kg
4 05×2222623 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 7 59kg
5 11x4963x16 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 8 59kg
6 x31114x145 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Mitchell Pateman 6 59kg
7 26216×3549 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 14 59kg
8 x122x25392 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Douglas Whyte 5 59kg
9 82413×6517 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Lee Newman 13 58.5kg
10 90122×2110 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant Brad Parnham 15 57kg
11 3x1511x460 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 3 57kg
12 11612×1522 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams Jarrad Noske 10 56.5kg
13 1x122x7122 ACHERNAR STAR Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 4 52kg
14 x223x11617 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 2 52kg
15 1×1141 PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 9 50kg

2017 Kingston Town Classic Nominations

The early Kingston Town Classic 2017 nominations are taken around a month before Kingston Town Classic Day in December, the full entries to be released below.

The 2017 Kingston Town Classic Nominations drew a massive 99 horses at early entry stage including 14 for Sydney’s Chris Waller led by the Kennedy Mile winning mare Shillelagh and runner-up in the same Flemington lead-up from Derby Day Tom Melbourne. Last year’s runner-up in the Kingston Town Classic results Scales Of Justice prepared in WA by Lindsey Smith is the other standout entry heading futures Kingston Town Classic betting in 2017.

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 four wins in the past decade, but only one filly has ever won the race when Perfect Reflection (2015) stole the show. 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 three wins in the Kingston Town Classic results from 2010 – 2017 so in-form youngsters make a good tip
  • Favourites in Kingston Town Classic betting have saluted five times from 2008 – 2017

2017 Kingston Town Classic Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Kingston Town Classic 2017 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Kingston Town Classic Results

The Kingston Town Classic results have been dominated by favourites and equal favourites over the past 10 years or so with the latest upsets caused by Playing God ($21 in 2011) who also saluted as the punters’ pick the previous year, Stratum Star ($12 in 2016) and the shock local winner Pounamu ($21 in 2017).

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

Kingston Town Classic Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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