Kingston Town Classic 2016

Saturday 5th December 2016

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

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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