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 Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
Run two weeks after the Railway Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes, the weight-for-age 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 Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and the last horse to complete the double was Sniper’s Bullet (2009).
It is named after Australian Racing Hall of Fame racehorse Kingston Town who was a triple Cox Plate winner (1980-82) among other accolades.
The next edition of the Kingston Town Classic runs on Saturday 5th December 2016.
Kingston Town Classic Field
|1||1x377x0472||GOOD PROJECT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||5||59kg|
|2||3x661x4363||IHTSAHYMN||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||13||59kg|
|3||36033×8502||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||1||59kg|
|4||11135×1146||KAWI (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||Michael Walker||4||59kg|
|5||x12218x420||DISPOSITION||Grant & Alana Williams||Glenn Smith||8||59kg|
|6||018×732359||HE OR SHE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chris Parnham||14||59kg|
|7||16x8172x80||DUBAI ESCAPADE||Justin Warwick||Ben Kennedy||6||59kg|
|8||40×7960022||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||11||59kg|
|9||x23116x135||TRADESMAN||Robert & Todd Harvey||Dwayne Dunn||9||59kg|
|10||x311x22111||SCALES OF JUSTICE||Lindsey Smith||Douglas Whyte||16||58.5kg|
|11||0649×54916||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||7||58.5kg|
|12||01110×1354||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||10||58.5kg|
|13||11146×1147||HEART STARTER||Grant & Alana Williams||Peter Hall||12||58.5kg|
|14||11422×7680||NEVERLAND||Grant & Alana Williams||Jarrad Noske||3||57kg|
|15||5213114×80||TICK TICK BLOOM||G Durrant & J Miller||Patrick Carbery||15||57kg|
|16||111x30x313||PERFECT REFLECTION||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||2||56.5kg|
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.
The last interstate raider to beat the locals home for the Kingston Town Classic win was the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty in 2014. 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.
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. Favourites have a strong winning strike rate over the past 10 years with six winners across the nine years from 2007 – 2015, most recently Perfect Reflection (2015).
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 the last Kingston Town Classic winner to come off a non-WA lead-up was Credit Account back in 1993.
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 Results
The Kingston Town Classic results have been dominated by favourites and equal favourites over the past 10 years or so with the latest upset caused by Playing God ($20 in 2011) who also saluted as the punters’ pick the previous year.
Other notable recent Kingston Town Classic winners include Luckygray (2012), Niconero (2006 and 2008) and Old Comrade (2000-01).
2016 Kingston Town Classic Results
|1||3||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||–||1||59kg||$10|
|2||10||SCALES OF JUSTICE||Lindsey Smith||Douglas Whyte||0.05L||15||58.5kg||$5|
|3||16||PERFECT REFLECTION||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||3.25L||2||56.5kg||$4.60F|
|4||4||KAWI (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||Michael Walker||4.5L||4||59kg||$6|
|5||14||NEVERLAND||Grant & Alana Williams||Jarrad Noske||6L||3||57kg||$71|
|6||7||DUBAI ESCAPADE||Justin Warwick||Ben Kennedy||6.5L||5||59kg||$201|
|7||9||TRADESMAN||Robert & Todd Harvey||Dwayne Dunn||7.25L||8||59kg||$11|
|8||15||TICK TICK BLOOM||G Durrant & J Miller||Patrick Carbery||7.25L||14||57kg||$101|
|9||11||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||7.75L||6||58.5kg||$11|
|10||5||DISPOSITION||Grant & Alana Williams||Glenn Smith||8.25L||7||59kg||$15|
|11||2||IHTSAHYMN||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||8.5L||12||59kg||$41|
|12||8||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||9L||10||59kg||$61|
|13||12||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||9.75L||9||58.5kg||$6.50|
|14||13||HEART STARTER||Grant & Alana Williams||Peter Hall||9.75L||11||58.5kg||$41|
|15||6||HE OR SHE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chris Parnham||11L||13||59kg||$31|
Kingston Town Classic Winners
|2016||Stratum Star||Scales Of Justice||Perfect Reflection||1:49.4|
|2015||Perfect Reflection||Delicacy||Dark Musket||1:53.7|
|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|
|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|
|2001||Old Comrade||Miss Precisely||Shot Of Thunder||1:50.0|