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Following the action of Railway Stakes Day the attention in WA has now turned to Saturday week’s Kingston Town Classic 2012, nominations for which feature the horses that ran the Railway trifecta.
Set to bring Ascot Racecourse to life on Saturday December 8, 2012 the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) originally drew 50 nominations with two official scratchings since.
It is shaping up as a beauty of a showdown too with the early entries featuring plenty of talent including the gallopers that dominated Perth’s richest race last weekend, the $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m).
Upset Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet managed to hold off a fast finishing Luckygray, winner of the race 12 months earlier on protest, and the duo are likely to back up and face off again in the 2012 Kingston Town Classic.
Brave Railway third placed Rosie Rocket as well as the Neville Parnham-trained stablemates Playing God and God Has Spoken who ran fourth and fifth respectively are both also in the Kingston Town Classic mix.
It was an excellent effort from Blackfriars stallion Playing God in the Railway this year, the five-year-old having battled for the front running position until the final 200m, having come off a testing 14th in the Emirates Stakes over in Melbourne two weeks earlier.
Playing God will attempt a unique feat in the Kingston Town Classic this year out to become the first triple winner in the classic after going back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
Last year he ran a disappointing 14th to Luckygray in the Railway before their upset win as a $20 roughie in the Kingston Town, punters unlikely to find them at such juicy odds after their good effort in this year’s Railway.
The horses that ran two-three behind Playing God in the Kingston Town Classic last year are both also nominated for the 2012 edition with Ranger and King Saul who ran seventh and 16th (last) respectively in the Railway on the weekend.
On paper seventh doesn’t read well for the Grant Williams-trained Testa Rossa six-year-old Ranger, the horse is still well liked for their next assignment having run sixth in last year’s Railway before their close second in the Kingston Town.
Along with Mr Moet another Super Saturday winner entered for the Kingston Town this year is the fellow Adam Durrant-trained Chester Road who ran away with the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m).
Other notable hopefuls in the Kingston Town Classic 2012 entries include three-year-olds Rebelson, Fuddle Dee Duddle and Antique Belle – the last two of which are fillies that will carry just 50kg under the weight-for-age conditions of the race.
All three also come off a run in the WA Guineas, the best finish coming from the Lindsey Smith-trained Fuddle Dee Duddle (4th) who won the Group 3 Champions Stakes (1600m) two starts back.
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2012 Kingston Town Classic Nominations & Weights
Ascot Racecourse 08/12/2012
|1||AMELIAS DANCER||Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani||59kg|
|2||BATTLE EMBLEM||Grant Williams||59kg|
|4||BRIDGESTONE (NZ)||Neville Parnham||59kg|
|5||CHESTER ROAD||Adam Durrant||59kg|
|6||COLOUR CORRECT||Ross & Clint Price||59kg|
|7||ECLAIR SURPRISE||Phillip Stokes||59kg|
|9||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham||59kg|
|11||GREY MONARCH||Ivan Haggerty||59kg|
|13||KERRIFIC||Bruce Watkins & Gary Hitchcock||59kg|
|14||LOPOV (NZ)||Adam Durrant||59kg|
|15||LORDS RANSOM||Grant Williams||59kg|
|18||MEGA STEEL||Bruce McClune||59kg|
|19||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||59kg|
|21||OUR OL’ FELLA||Steve Wolfe||59kg|
|22||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||59kg|
|24||RENEWED VITALITY||John P Thompson||59kg|
|26||SHAMARDASHING||John P Thompson||59kg|
|27||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney||59kg|
|28||WESTRIVER KEVYDONN||Paige Kenney||59kg|
|30||FAT AL||Gai Waterhouse||58.5kg|
|31||FULL REIGN||Peter & Matthew Giadresco||58.5kg|
|32||HE’S HENRY||Daniel Morton||58.5kg|
|33||ISOPACH||John P Thompson||58.5kg|
|34||KING SAUL||Trevor Andrews||58.5kg|
|35||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||58.5kg|
|37||MABEL GRACE||Adam Durrant||57kg|
|38||ROSIE ROCKET||Justin Warwick||57kg|
|39||SPIRIT SONG||Aaron Purcell||57kg|
|40||NINGALOO BLITZ||Daniel Morton||56.5kg|
|41||POP CULTURE||Colin Webster||56.5kg|
|42||APOCALYPSE NOW||Trevor Andrews||52kg|
|45||JUMBO||Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani||52kg|
|46||LUKE’S LUCK||Trevor Andrews||52kg|
|48||VIRTUAL TRADER||Brett Pope||52kg|
|49||ANTIQUE BELLE||Grant Williams||50kg|
|50||FUDDLE DEE DUDDLE||Lindsey Smith||50kg|
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