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Elite level racing in Australia for 2011 comes to a close in Perth on December 3 with the running of the 2011 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot Racecourse where Neville Parnham’s consistent four-year-old Playing God will be back to defend their title.
The now four-year-old Blackfriars stallion was one of the spruik three-year-olds from last season, Playing God winning the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m) in November before their breakthrough Group 1 success in the Kingston Town Classic.
Continuing on this year to take out the Perth Magic Millions Trophy (1400m) at Ascot, Playing God travelled to Melbourne for the first time running two brave thirds first to Shamrocker in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and then to Shocking in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
More close finishes were to follow including their second in the Group 1 WATC Derby (2400m) back in April and more recently their third to December Draw in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 1.
Playing God was outclassed in their two most recent runs, however, when sixth to Descarado in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and then 11th to Pinker Pinker in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.
Getting back to their home track at Ascot Playing God is tipped to return to form as they look to go back-to-back in the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Earlier during the Festival of Perth Racing Playing God is also nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 19.
For the Railway Stakes 2011 Playing God is equal $5.50 along with Luckygray and Ranger in the futures markets at Luxbet.
They are even shorter in the Kingston Town Classic markets paying $3.60.
Following Playing God in the betting for the Kingston Town Classic this December are then:
- The in-form Luckygray ($5.50 Luxbet) last seen winning the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) by an easy three and a half lengths
- Grant Williams’ Testa Rossa five-year-old Ranger ($6) coming off three straight spring wins including the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 5
- The Simon Miller-trained Magic Albert three-year-old Ron’s Call ($7 Luxbet) coming off a victory in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m)
- Trevor Andrews’ lightly-raced Flying Pegasus colt King Saul ($7.50)
Both Ron’s Call and King Saul and also engaged for the $350,000 Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on Railway Stakes Day, November 19.
Other noteworthy Kingston Town Classic entries in 2011 include Mark Webb’s Cranbourne-based mare Avienus, the Mark Reed-trained Kalgoorlie Cup winner Kincaple, the Tony Noonan-trained Ladysea, recent Asian Beau Stakes runner-up and Ascot Gold Cup third placegetter Mega Steel, former Emirates Stakes winner Wall Street and Guy Walter’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup runner-up Willy Jimmy.
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2011 Kingston Town Classic Nominations & Weights
|1||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||59kg|
|2||BATTLE EMBLEM||Grant Williams||59kg|
|3||BIG TED||Ivan Haggerty||59kg|
|4||BRIDGESTONE (NZ)||Neville Parnham||59kg|
|6||DINO MAK||Wally Mitchell||59kg|
|7||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||59kg|
|8||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham||59kg|
|9||GUEST WING||Shane A Edwards||59kg|
|11||KID CHOISIR||Allen McNamara (Snr)||59kg|
|12||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark Reed||59kg|
|13||KING KOOL KAT||Ian Glading||59kg|
|14||LARGO LAD||David Hayes||59kg|
|16||LORDS RANSOM||Grant Williams||59kg|
|17||LUEN YAT FOREVER||Peter G Moody||59kg|
|18||MEGA STEEL||Bruce McClune||59kg|
|19||MORANT||Ross & Clint Price||59kg|
|20||OUR OL’ FELLA||Steve Wolfe||59kg|
|25||WALL STREET (NZ)||Jeff Lynds||59kg|
|26||WARATAH’S SECRET||David Harrison||59kg|
|28||WILLY JIMMY||Guy Walter||59kg|
|29||WOLFE DREAMS||Steve Wolfe||59kg|
|30||BIG JOSH||Daniel Morton||58.5kg|
|31||COSMIC CAUSEWAY||Peter G Moody||58.5kg|
|32||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||58.5kg|
|34||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||58.5kg|
|35||RAFFERTY||Ross & Clint Price||58.5kg|
|36||RUN FOR LEVI||John P Thompson||58.5kg|
|38||MOMENT IN TIME||John P Thompson||57kg|
|42||BORN TO EXCEL||Daniel Morton||52kg|
|43||FORT COURAGE||Neville Parnham||52kg|
|44||HARTLEY’S HANGOVER||Daniel Morton||52kg|
|45||KING CUBATOR||Steve Wolfe||52kg|
|46||KING SAUL||Trevor Andrews||52kg|
|47||LORD HATRAS||Mike Storer||52kg|
|48||REBEL CALL||Joe Byrne||52kg|
|49||REIGN OF TERROR||Neville Parnham||52kg|
|50||RON’S CALL||Simon A Miller||52kg|
|51||SHADY BET||Neville Parnham||52kg|
|52||SHINING KNIGHT||Grant Williams||52kg|
|53||VENETIAN PRINCE||Trevor Andrews||52kg|
|54||ALLEZ MARSEILLES||Shane A Edwards||50kg|
|56||DARK MISS||Grant Williams||50kg|
|57||NINGALOO BLITZ||Daniel Morton||50kg|
|58||VOICES OF SPRING||Mike Storer||50kg|
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