THE final group one race of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival is upon us.
The Kingston Town Classic is the third of the three $1 million features at Ascot, and the weight-for-age race promises to be the most exciting of the trio.
We have free racing tips, form and odds for the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic card at Ascot this Saturday where some of the best gallopers in the country have made the trip across the Nullarbor to fight it out for the seven-figure pay cheque.
It’s going to be a great late afternoon/evening of thoroughbred racing action from the nation’s west and punters can get the best odds with Neds.com.au, plus up to $500 in bonus bets when you sign up.
Race 1 – 3yo Handicap Plate (1200m)
Kentoo ran well on Melbourne Cup day at Ascot last time out and there is no reason to think the horse cannot go back-to-back. Jumping well the horse entered the straight smartly and streaked away to record a two-length win. The blinkers made all the difference here and we think the Kentoo is going to go well again.
Arrum Boy has recorded two third placings in a row and looks set to continue the good form. On both occasions the horse was within one and a half lengths of the eventual winner and a great record of four placings from six attempts at Ascot will boost connections’ confidence.
Race 1 tip: Kentoo to place ($8.50 at Neds.com.au)
Race 2 – BM72 Trophy (1800m)
Push To Pass is racing third-up on Saturday where it has placed twice across five attempts at in the past. Finishing a desperately unlucky fourth, half a length behind the winner Nat The Fyfe, the horse came out and won as an $81 chance at Ascot on November 25. We’re doubting the horse will be jumping at similar odds.
Mosseratti has been making progression with each start this preparation. The horse finished just over two lengths behind the winner first-up, then proceeded to run third and then second in subsequent runs. Mosseratti looks set to go one better on Saturday.
Race 2 tip: Mosseratti to win ($4.80 at CrownBet.com.au)
Race 3 – Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m)
The horse has missed the placings just three times in its 13 race career, and in its last five races it has won four and finished second in the solitary failure. We do not see Celebrity Dream losing this race at a track that has yielded three wins and four placings over eight starts.
Awesome As is best placed to trouble our elect. Its last-start win at Bunbury was extremely impressive, and the horse gets a 4kg relief after that race. The well-travelled five-year-old is in great form as of late, placing three of the last four races and the looms as the sole threat to Celebrity Dream.
Race 3 tip: Celebrity Dream to win ($1.75 at Neds.com.au)
Race 4 – Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1000m)
Willie Pike gets the chance to get a race-to-race double aboard Truly Belong, which has missed the placings just once in its career. The horse was just half a length off going back-to-back on Railway Stakes day, but it gets the perfect opportunity to atone here.
Godolphin runner Gaulois drops slightly back in distance on Saturday, where it is undefeated from two runs. The Street Cry colt will benefit from its debut run in the west, when it finished two and a half lengths off Kingston Town Classic competitor Perfect Jewel. Rates well here.
Race 4 tip: Truly Belong to win ($2.15 at Sportsbet.com.au)
Race 5 – BM72+ Hanidcap (1100m)
Get Over It seems to be racing in the best form of any horse in this field. Of the six races it has competed in this preparation, the horse has missed the first four just one, while winning twice in that timeframe. Get Over It has won three times and placed another three over seven attempts at the distance. Looms as the best prospect in the race.
My Greek Boy is racing first-up on Saturday and it is capable of a cheeky resuming effort. The gelding has won twice and placed once over six first-up attempts and from an ideal draw it will be a major player in this race.
Race 5 tip: Get Over It to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 6 – 3yo And Up Metro Win Handicap (1000m)
In a big field, Saturia is our next-best bet of the day on Kingston Town Classic day.
The smart filly resumes after just shy of three months off the track, and trialled beautifully leading into this one. Carrying just 55kg is a huge benefit and the horse will be far too good for this lot.
Where’s Wally is another resuming horse that has a big chance in race six. Winning once and placing second from two attempts first-up is a big tick, as well as is the barrier five draw. We are backing the tough gelding to mount a big challenge to our elect.
Race 6 tip: Saturia to win at Neds.com.au
Race 7 – G.A Towton Cup (1200m)
Trap For Fools is hunting a fifth-straight win and is well placed to do exactly that. It’s last-start win by just a touch under a length was the shortest margin the horse has put on its rivals and we expect the winning sequence to continue.
Falcon Crest ran a smart second behind our top elect last-start and looks to be the best placed runner to challenge the Smith-trained gelding. That second complemented the other placing the horse got three starts back, highlighting the consistent form Falcon Crest is displaying.
Race 7 tip: Trap For Fools to win at Neds.com.au
Race 8 – Kingston Town Classic (2100m)
The feature race of the day is the penultimate event and we’ve liked Black Heart Bart’s chances since the Railway Stakes second placing. The Weir-runner will benefit greatly from the weight-for-age conditions, which puts a number of its rivals alongside, or close to, the 59kg it will lug around. It’s Bart’s time to shine in the west.
Don’t look now, but we think Tom Melbourne is a live chance of registering an elusive group one win this season. Believe it or not the Railway Stakes run was excellent and the horse is going to right in the mix come the end of the race.
Race 8 tip: Black Heart Bart to win ($3.10) at Neds.com.au
Race 9 – Iron Jack Handicap (2100m)
Topweight Special Delivery is looking to go back-to-back after its narrow victory at Northam on November 29. The well-raced six-year-old has won two of its last three races and looks to be one of the better prospects in this race.
The Parnhams combine in the last with consistent gelding Wrinkly, which is looking to improve on its third and second placings in two consecutive races. On both occasions the horse only missed out by a solitary length, and the speedy beginner should be able to punch up from gate one and give them something to catch.
Race 9 tip: Special Delivery to win at Neds.com.au