Kingston Town Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

There is no shortage of quality stayers in Saturday’s Group 3 2012 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) which will take place at Rosehill as part of a bumper Golden Rose Day card.

Strawberry Boy

Strawberry Boy needs to win the Kingston Town Stakes to improve his Caulfield Cup chances

Chris Waller has a strong hand with both The Verminator and Stout Hearted accepting while Gai Waterhouse has the promising Strawberry Boy.

Strawberry Boy was originally headed towards the Naturalism Stakes in Melbourne on Saturday week but fears that he would miss the field led Waterhouse to back him up just seven days after winning at Warwick Farm.

Waterhouse is hoping the talented four-year-old can make the Caulfield Cup and needs to win on Saturday to improve his position in the order of entry.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has won four of five starts including two dominant victories since beginning his spring campaign at Warwick Farm last month.

“He’s more than a nice horse, he’s so exciting, he’s got so much upside,” Waterhouse said after the most recent win.

“I think he is a real Caulfield Cup horse, a real Caulfield Cup horse.”

A number of Kingston Town runners are being aimed at the Group 1 Metropolitan in October and one of those is Crafty Irna.

The Ron Quinton-trained mare has been in terrific form since resuming last month with a narrow second to Dystopia in the Listed Toy Show Quality.

Other Kingston Town Stakes runners include Canberra gelding Voice Commander, former BMW winner Fiumicino, John O’Shea-trained Tigress Lily and Kerry Parker’s Nextanix.

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Kingston Town Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 00x0720x04 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1 58kg 103
2 0x00438x90 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 4 56kg 99
3 1x008230x4 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 11 55.5kg 98
4 3142317×85 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 6 54.5kg 96
5 x242543x21 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton Christian Reith 2 54kg 98
6 x90508x509 VOICE COMMANDER Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 54kg 93
7 09x2510x46 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne TBA 7 54kg 92
8 4x43x14113 STOUT HEARTED (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 8 54kg 91
9 2x67734x25 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker Blake Shinn 10 54kg 88
10 000065Px07 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman Jay Ford 9 54kg 85
11 118×11 STRAWBERRY BOY Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 12 54kg 82
12 2161494×07 TIGRESS LILY John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 5 54kg 82