2011 Kingston Town Classic Form Guide Analysis & Betting Preview

This is it, punters’ final chance to back a Group 1 winner in Australia for the year happens at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday with the Kingston Town Classic 2011, and to ensure you see out the end of elite level racing on a high below the Races.com.au crew have the best Kingston Town Classic form guide analysis and betting preview.

Playing God

Playing God is out to become the fifth dual Kingston Town Classic winner in history

A top-class field of 14 gallopers are set to face off in the $500,000 Group 1 GR Engineering Kingston Town Classic (1800m) this year, the showdown scheduled to run as Ascot Race 7 at 4:00pm (Perth time) on Saturday afternoon.

It is a truly intriguing field full of exciting prospects, four of which are at single figures in the Luxbet Kingston Town Classic odds.

Railway Stakes winner Luckygray is the current $3 favourite despite having drawn barrier 14 of 14.

They are followed in the markets by the ideally-drawn Ranger ($3.70) in gate three who ran fifth in the classic last year, WA Guineas winner King Saul ($5) looking to become the second horse in as many years to win the Guineas – Kingston Town double and in-form mare Tranquility ($8.50).

Throw into the mix reigning Kingston Town Classic winner Playing God ($16), a provincial Cups king in Kincaple ($10), Melbourne mare Avienus ($20) and the David Hayes-trained raider Spacecraft ($35) and the Kingston Town Classic becomes an even more interesting race on paper.

So to help you lock in the winning Kingston Town Classic trifecta at Luxbet on Saturday, we have done a detailed field and form guide analysis going over all the essential facts and stats on this time-honoured feature.

Kingston Town Classic Form Guide & Betting Facts

  • Last year’s winner Playing God came via wins in the WA Guineas and Aquanita Stakes, and jumped from barrier eight with Steven Parnham aboard.
  • #10 Playing God ($16 Luxbet) returns on Saturday draw ideally in barrier five, Steve Parnham retaining the ride as the horse looks to become the fifth in history to win multiple editions of the race, the first since Niconero (2006 & 2008)
  • Barrier eight this year is taken by #5 Mega Steel ($101 Luxbet)
  • #14 King Saul ($5 Luxbet) is out to emulate Playing God from 12 months ago, the three-year-old having won this year’s edition of the WA Guineas
  • As a three-year-old it is an interesting record King Saul is looking to add to as Playing God was just the sixth 3YO in the past 24 years to win, prior to that the youngsters enjoyed a purple patch with eight from 11 winning the classic
  • Along with King Saul the other last-start winner in the field is #11 Luckygray ($3 Luxbet favourite), coming off a protest win in the Railway Stakes
  • #11 Luckygray also boasts the highest Win Rate of the field with 77.58%, they are followed by #14 King Saul (75.00%) and then #2 Lords Ransom (40.91%)
  • The most consistent Place percentages belong to #11 Luckygray (88.89%), #14 King Saul (75%) and #6 Ranger (70.59%)
  • Mares have a poor record in the Kingston Town, only three saluting in the past three decades making the task a tough one on Saturday for #12 Avienus ($20 Luxbet) and #13 Tranquility ($8.50 Luxbet)
  • Geldings have won a dominating nine of the past 10 Kingston Towns, the only non-gelding along with the two mares this year is defending champ #10 Playing God ($16 Luxbet)
  • Recently six-year-olds have ruled with four winning in the past decade; there are four 6YO’s racing this year with #5 Mega Steel ($101 Luxbet), #8 Kincaple ($10 Luxbet), #9 Big Ted ($151 Luxbet) and #12 Avienus ($20 Luxbet)
  • Horses that have won over the Track & Distance previously are #10 Playing God (2-2-0-0) and #13 Tranquility (2-1-0-0), while others with a decent record over the 1800 metres at Ascot are #9 Big Ted (3-0-1-0), #6 Ranger (2-0-0-1) and #5 Mega Steel (3-0-1-1)
  • Behind #11 Luckygray who has won six of their eight starts at the track and placed second in another, the best Ascot Track records belong to #1 Hadabeclorka (25-7-2-1), #2 Lords Ransom (8-3-0-0), #3 Wolfe Dreams (16-5-4-1), #6 Ranger (14-4-2-3), #9 Big Ted (18-4-4-2) and #10 Playing God (10-5-3-0)
  • Over the distance proven performers are #10 Playing God (3-2-0-0), #8 Kincaple (1-0-1-0), #9 Big Ted (3-0-1-0), #5 Mega Steel (3-0-1-1), #7 Spacecraft (1-0-0-1), #6 Ranger (2-0-0-1) and #4 Battle Emblem (3-0-0-1)

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2011 Kingston Town Classic Field & Form Guide

Ascot Race 7 – 03/12/2011

# Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Age/Sex Days API Career Win% Place% Last 6
1. HADABECLORKA B R Larsson G L Smith 13 59 10yo 14 $19,485 45: 9 6 5 20.00% 44.44% 645×94
2. LORDS RANSOM Grant Williams Jason Whiting 6 59 8yoG 14 $32,835 22: 9 0 2 40.91% 50.00% x0x979
3. WOLFE DREAMS S J Wolfe Peter Hall 9 59 5yoG 14 $19,714 26: 6 5 2 23.08% 50.00% x79894
4. BATTLE EMBLEM Grant Williams Kyra Yuill (a) 1 59 8yoG 14 $9,864 47: 9 7 6 19.15% 46.81% 283280
5. MEGA STEEL B A Mcclune Jarrad Noske 8 59 6yoG 14 $10,627 38: 7 10 5 18.42% 57.89% 153230
6. RANGER Grant Williams William Pike 3 59 5yoG 14 $23,897 17: 6 2 4 35.29% 70.59% 0x1116
7. SPACECRAFT D A Hayes Peter Knuckey 7 59 5yoG 14 $14,568 23: 5 1 3 21.74% 39.13% x48048
8. KINCAPLE M B Reed Troy Turner 12 59 6yoG 14 $13,233 24: 7 6 3 29.17% 66.67% 211217
9. BIG TED Ivan Haggerty Jason Brown 2 59 6yoG 14 $6,878 27: 5 5 3 18.52% 48.15% x23640
10. PLAYING GOD N D Parnham Steven Parnham 5 58.5 4yoH 14 $51,163 21: 6 4 4 28.57% 66.67% 453600
11. LUCKYGRAY G P Poletti Shaun O’Donnell 14 58.5 4yoG 14 $97,347 9: 7 1 0 77.78% 88.89% 2×1111
12. AVIENUS M C Webb Brad Rawiller 4 57 6yoM 14 $15,979 34: 5 7 2 14.71% 41.18% 922040
13. TRANQUILITY Grant Williams Paul Harvey 11 57 5yoM 14 $12,997 16: 3 4 2 18.75% 56.25% x34325
14. KING SAUL T M Andrews Glyn Schofield 10 52 3yoG 14 $84,163 4: 3 0 0 75.00% 75.00% 1×141

*Form Guide Credit Ladbrokes.com.au