Kingston Town Classic

Kingston Town Classic

Group One Betting Guide
Date: December 5th, 2020
Location: Ascot Racecourse, Perth
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1800m

The Kingston Town Classic the third and final Group 1 event of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival and is one of the west’s most recognisable races.

Named after Australian Racing Hall of Fame horse Kingston Town – who won the race in 1982 – the Kingston Town Classic is a weight-for-age conditions race for three-year-olds and older over the 1,800m distance.

The Kingston Town Classic achieved its Group 1 status back in 1972 but did not have its prize money hit seven figures until 2015.

The race concludes the trilogy of group 1 races ran on three consecutive weekends worth $1 million at Ascot – the only racetrack in the world that can boast this record.

2020 Kingston Town Classic betting odds

The Western Australian superstar Arcadia Queen has opened up favourite in all-in markets and based off her easy win in the Mackinnon Stakes during the Flemington carnival she is a derserved market elect. If punters think she can string together Group 1 victories and claim her second Kingston Town Classic, she has come up with odds of $2.50.

Coming into the race first up will be the 2019 Strickland Stakes winner Galaxy Star who has not raced since the triumph in the Strickland Stakes which was back in June 2019.

Notable gallopers in the markets are Group 1 successful horses in Trap For Fools and Gatting.

Best Kingston Town Classic bookmakers

Given the race is the final Group 1 of the three-week Perth summer racing carnival, the preceding pair of races – the Railway Stakes and the Winterbottom Stakes – take precedence in the market.

Once the Winterbottom Stakes is run and won and bookmakers get a better idea of which horses will be taking part in the Kingston Town Classic, markets begin to emerge and punters get a chance to invest their hard earned cash on the race.

Online bookmaker BetEasy were the first bookie to put up a market on the Kingston Town Classic.

The bookies we trust the most are listed below and we recommend anyone interested in betting on the Winterbottom Stakes to visit any of these sites:

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Betting on the Kingston Town Classic

The Railway Stakes and the Kingston Town Classic have been two of the showpiece events in Western Australian racing for over 20 years, so it stands to reason that owners and trainers would put a premium on doing the double at Ascot.

However, winning two group 1 races in as many weeks is no easy feat.

Just four horses – Better Loosen Up (1989), Old Comrade (2001), Modem (2004), Sniper’s Bullet (2009) – have saluted in both races in a single year.

Winning the Kingston Town Classic on multiple occasions is no walk in the park either.

Family Of Man (1976 and 1978), Summer Beau (1996 and 1997), Old Comrade (2000 and 2001), Niconero (2006 and 2008), and Playing God (2010 and 2011) are the only horses who have saluted more than once in the race.

No horse has won the race three or more times.

2019 Kingston Town Classic result

1stKay Cee ($11.00)
2ndGalio Chop ($41 SP)
3rdBest Of Days ($5.50 SP)

Recent Kingston Town Classic winners

  • Neville Parnham enlisted the services of his son Steven Parnham and it proved the winning move where the up and coming filly proved too strong for her rivals after getting the run of the race behind the leaders. The result was under a lenghthm but in the concluding stages it was a victory that never looked in doubt.
  • The writing was on the wall for a history making win for Arcadia Queen when William Pike elected to take the ride on the filly. Travelling beautifully in the run Pike unleashed the WA Guineas winner at the turn and she gapped the field, recording one of the most dominant wins in the race’s history.
  • The market didn’t give Pounamu much of a chance heading into the Kingston Town Classic but maybe it should have after the Alan Matthews-trained gelding won his second group race in three starts. Settling towards the back of the field with a sharp tempo up front, the grey balanced up beautifully heading into the straight and under a brilliant Patrick Carbery ride the $26 outsider hit the front in the shadows of the post in a strong Classic field.

  • The 2016 Kingston Town Stakes came down to a two-horse battle as Scales Of Justice looked to have the race parceled by, but jockey Douglas Whyte didn’t ride his runner out fully and Stratum Star dive-bombed it late.

    The win continued to stellar run of Darren Weir who added another Group one to his tally.

  • The 2015 running of the Kingston Town Classic was arguably the greatest finish in the race’s history. Home town hero Perfect Reflection and fellow Western Australian Delicacy were well back in the field at the 400m but surged to the front as the line drew close locked in a fierce battle. The pair stretched away from the field to lock horns in an epic battle that Perfect Reflection won in a photo. Truly one for the ages.
  • Moriarty came across to Perth from Sydney carrying the weight of expectation given champion trainer Chris Waller was chasing his tenth group 1 win of the 2014/15 season. Moriatry, alongside Disposition, was the $4.50 favourite pre-race and the market looked to have the race spot on as the pair separated from the field in the latter stages of the race. Disposition looked to have the Waller runner’s measure but in the last 50m Moriatry found an additional effort to win in a photo finish.
  • Three-year-old Ihtsahymn came into the race as one of the top elects in the market and looked to have the race won after he sped away from dual Kingston Town Classic winner Playing God at the 300m mark. Ihtsahymn raced clear of the field and did enough to hold out a fast finishing race favourite Lucky Grey to record the solitary group 1 win of his career.

Full list of Kingston Town Classic winners

Kingston Town Classic past winners
Year Kingston Town Classic Past Winner
2019 Kay Cee
2018 Arcadia Queen
2017 Pounamu
2016 Stratum Star
2015 Perfect Reflection
2014 Moriarty
2013 Ihtsahymn
2012 Luckygray
2011 Playing God
2010 Playing God
2009 Sniper’s Bullet
2008 Niconero
2007 Megatic
2006 Niconero
2005 Early Express
2004 Modem
2003 True Steel
2002 Blevvo
2001 Old Comrade
2000 Old Comrade
1999 St. Clemens Belle
1998 Old Nick
1997 Summer Beau
1996 Summer Beau
1995 Forge On
1994 Island Morn
1993 Credit Account
1992 Red Javelin
1991 Old Role
1990 Bar Landy
1989 Better Loosen Up
1988 Vo Rogue
1987 Doodlakine Lass
1986 Military Plume
1985 Rant And Rave
1984 Importune
1983 Bounty Hawk
1982 Kingston Town
1981 Little Imagele
1980 Sovereign Red
1979 Mighty Kingdom
1978 Family Of Man
1977 Stormy Rex
1976 Family Of Man
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