The Kingston Town Classic is a Group 1 weight-for-age race that takes place each December at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia during the Perth summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1800 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Kingston Town Classic was won by Pounamu from Material Man with Achernar Star third.
Held two weeks after the Group 1 Railway Stakes, and one week following the Group 2 Winterbottom Stakes, the Kingston Town Classic is the feature middle distance event of the Perth summer carnival. It's also the last Group 1 race of the year and held alngside the Listed Lee Steere Classic for three-year-olds.
|Date:||Saturday 9th December 2017|
|Track:||Ascot racecourse, Perth|
The Kingston Town Classic is the third Group 1 event of the Perth summer racing carnival and attracts quality gallopers from interstate who match it with the locals to create plenty of interest locally.
Horses who tackle this event may come via the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr2 WA Guineas or the Gr1 Railway Stakes on their way to this race and the field generally attracts very well credentialled gallopers to make it a well fought out affair. Ihtsahymn (2013) was the last three-year-old to take out the WA Guineas & Kingston Town Classic double.
Mr Moet (2nd in 2012) and Luckygray (2012) ran first & second in the Railway Stakes before again running the quinella in this race, with Luckygray reversing the result over the 1800m trip of this event. Smart galloper Snipers Bullet (2009) is the last galloper to win the Railway Stakes & Kingston Town Classic double.
A good horse's race, Kingston Town Classic winners are quite often well above average and may continue on to the Gr2 CB Cox Stakes at weight-for-age, which is a natural progression in distance, being over 2100 metres. In recent years, Pounamu (2017), Ihtsahymn (2013) both snared the Kingston Town Classic and CB Cox Stakes double while Delicacy (2nd in 2015) and Elite Belle (3rd in 2014) went on to win the CB Cox Stakes after placing in this race.
Pounami (2017) ran sixth in the Gr1 Railway Stakes over 1600m at Ascot before finishing strongly to win this event and and recent Kingston Town Classic winners include Stratum Star (2016) and Perfect Reflection (2015).
1. $21.00 Pounamu 59.0 Patrick Carbery
2. $31.00 Material Man 59.0 Mitchell Pateman
3. $8.50 Achernar Star 52.0 Chris Parnham
4. $5.50 Perfect Jewel 50.0 William Pike
5. $7.00 It's Somewhat 59.0 Brenton Avdulla
6. $41.00 Royal Star 56.5 Jarrad Noske
7. $41.00 Money Maher 52.0 Joseph Azzopardi
8. $41.00 Great Shot 59.0 Craig Staples
9. $3.20 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Brad Rawiller
10. $41.00 Cosmic Storm 57.0 Glenn Smith
11. $9.00 Tom Melbourne 59.0 Damien Oliver
12. $14.00 Life Less Ordinary 59.0 Douglas Whyte
13. $41.00 All Our Roads 59.0 Michael Walker
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.25 len
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|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|
|1999||St Clemens Belle||Iron Horse||Slavonic||1:34.9|
|1998||Old Nick||Pennyweight Point||Summer Beau||1:48.8|
|1997||Summer Beau||Maximal||Brooklyn Bridge||1:48.5|
|1996||Summer Beau||Alcove||Circles Of Gold||1:50.0|
|1994||Island Morn||Calypso||Pride Of Rancho||1:49.7|
|1993||Credit Account||Double Dignity||Top Villian||1:49.4|
|1992||Red Javelin||Jungle Comedy||Double Dignity||1:49.3|
|1990||Bar Landy||Edge Of Darkness||Pressman's Choice||1:48.0|
|1989||Better Loosen Up||Hard Act||Timeless Action||1:47.2|
|1988||Vo Rogue||My Bobby Boo||Eastern Classic||1:47.5|