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 runs on Saturday December 8, 2018.
2018 Kingston Town Classic Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
Kingston Town Classic Race Info
- Date: Saturday December 8, 2018
- Track: Ascot Racecourse
- Distance: 1800m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1 million
- First Run: 1976
2018 Kingston Town Classic Results
The full Kingston Town Classic 2018 Results & Finishing Order will be available below after the Group 1 is run and won on Saturday December 8, 2018.
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.
2018 Kingston Town Classic Betting
The season’s top Kingston Town Classic 2018 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.
2018 Kingston Town Classic Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Kingston Town Classic 2018 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.
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.
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.
2018 Kingston Town Classic Field
The official Kingston Town Classic 2018 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.
2018 Kingston Town Classic Nominations
The early Kingston Town Classic 2018 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
2018 Kingston Town Classic Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Kingston Town Classic 2018 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
|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|
|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|