Champion Sydney-based hoop Glyn Schofield has secured the prized ride aboard recent WA Guineas winner and major market mover King Saul in the Kingston Town Classic 2011 at Ascot RacecourseSaturday week.
The final Group 1 race of the year in Australia, the $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is scheduled to run on December 3 as part of the elite racing action of the Festival of Perth Racing, and the Trevor Andrews-trained King Saul has been one of the best backed hopefuls.
After the news that Roger James’s Kiwi galloper He’s Remarkable, regulated to second in the Railway Stakes last Saturday upon protest of second over the line but official winner Luckygray, would head back home to New Zealand and not stay on for the 2011 Kingston Town Classic, Luxbet reshuffled and rereleased futures odds on the classic weight-for-age contest.
Luckygray remains at the top of the markets but has drifted out from $2.80 to $3.40, Ranger hot on their heels at $3.80.
King Saul occupies the third line of Kingston Town Classic betting at Luxbet, the progressive Flying Pegasus three-year-old firming in form $6 to $4.
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To date the promising King Saul has raced just four times for three wins, their sole defeat being a fourth to beaten WA Guineas favourite Ron’s Call in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) on November 5.
Craig Williams had the ride on King Saul in the WA Guineas, but won’t be available to continue the association as they are about to embark on a six-week riding campaign in Japan.
The youngster’s regular rider, Shaun O’Donnell, is also committed to ride Luckygray leaving owner Craig Thompson to find a replacement.
“We offered the ride to Shaun but he’s currently committed to Luckygray so Schofield’s the man,” Thompson said.
Thompson also said that Schofield’s experience would be a big advantage when it came to getting the best out of King Saul who could be a bit slow to start.
“King Saul is a bit lazy at the start and has to be ridden patiently, so we wanted a veteran rider,” he said.
“I think Glyn’s certainly an accomplished rider and he’s the man for the job.”
Thompson’s decision to enlist Schofield for the Kingston Town Classic was a call the top jockey was happy to take.
“He is going to have a light weight (52kg) being a three-year-old taking on the older horses at weight-for-age, but I’ve got a bit of notice and am more than happy to get down and ride him,” Schofield said.
“I’ve never been to Perth before, so it is always good to get away and see a new part of the world.”
The 2011 GR Engineering Kingston Town Classic final field of acceptances will be released on Monday November 28 and published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.
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