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The 2012 Kingston Town Classic will bring Group 1 racing this Perth Summer Carnival to a close at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday and to help our readers back the final elite level winner of the festival below we have our insider Kingston Town Classic betting tips.
Running as Ascot Race 8 at 5:15pm (local time) the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) features a full field in 2012 with 16 starters plus an emergency in the Darren Mcauliffe-trained Rebelson.
In the Kingston Town Classic odds for Saturday Luckygray remains the firm $2.50 favourite, Gino Poletti’s talented grey galloper looking to bounce back after running second as the beaten top fancy in the Group 1 Railway Stakes last start.
Drawn ideally in gate four with Shaun O’Donnell to ride the Bradbury’s Luck gelding is sure to appreciate getting back to weight-for-age conditions and while they are yet to win over the 1800m are being heavily supported.
The only other single-figure fancy in the Kingston Town Classic betting markets is then Playing God ($6), Neville Parnham’s last-start Railway Stakes fourth place-getter out to make history as the first ever triple Kingston Town Classic winner following their wins in the race for the past two years.
Other notable chances with genuine claims at longer odds then include the nicely priced Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet ($12), Victorian raider Wall Street ($13) and in-form Blackfriars mare Rosei Rocket who ran a brave third in the Railway.
These are the horses the bookies are rating in Saturday’s race but which galloper does the team at Races.com.au have rated special to win?
Earlier in the week we published our exclusive 2012 Kingston Town Classic Form Guide & Betting Preview and based on the facts and stats uncovered in that, below are our favourites in the field to back at bookmaker.com.au this weekend.
#3 Playing God ($6)
- This is not just a sentimental bet, this is Playing God’s race to win
- Has taken out the past two editions of the Kingston Town as favourite in 2010 and then as a $20 outsider last year
- Came off a failed 14th in the Railway to win this 12 months ago
- This year they come via the same lead-up but caught the eye with a very good fourth in the Railway
- Big race experience always pulls out something magic on this day
- Should get a good run from barrier seven which gives regular rider Steven Parnahm plenty of options
- No horse has won three straight Kingston Towns but there’s always a first
- Brilliant record at the track (13-6-3-1) – only finishing out of the money three times
- Easily the best record over the 1800m with three wins from four starts – distance no query for this one
- Is also undefeated at the track and distance with a trio of victories from as many attempts
#2 Luckygray ($2.50)
- Don’t think there’ll be much in it but Luckygray to run second as the beaten favourite again here
- Should get a lovely run from barrier four
- Weight-for-age will suit
- Question mark over the distance with just one run over the 1800m when fifth in this race last year
- Were in very similar form this time 12 months ago winning the Railway on protest and could only finish fifth to Playing God in the Kingston
- Should be a little fresher this time however having had just the two lead-up runs including a good two length win in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m)
- Boasts the highest Win Rate of the field (64.71%) and the second highest Place Rate (76.47%)
- Loves it at Ascot (11-7-2-0)
#5 Mr Moet ($12)
- This is a big test going up from 53.5kg to 59kg under weight-for-age but at this price don’t leave them out
- Won the Railway Stakes first-up beating Luckygray (2nd), Rosie Rocket (3rd) and Playing God (4th) to victory
- Were $20 then and still at $12 this time despite the Group 1 win
- Out to prove that was no fluke
- 1800m is no issue at all as they’ve plenty of winning form over 2000m – 2200m
- Won the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Blemont Park during the winter carrying 59kg – beat the likes of Chester Road and Rosei Rocket then
- Has won their past four starts
- Needs to stay out of trouble from barrier one but will be getting back
- Is one of three last start winners in the race
- Boasts the second best Win Rate (45.83%) and one of the better Place Percentages (70.83%)
- Great record at Asoct (8-5-1-1) only finishing outside of the top three once
Roughie We Like
#19 Pop Culture ($19)
- Really generous odds on this horse that screams all the right stuff in the Kingston Town Classic form
- Should get a gun run from barrier six with Troy Turner in the saddle
- Has won two of their last three runs
- Comes off a win at the Track & Distance having beaten home $10 Kingston Town chance Rosie Rocket (who went on to run third in the Railway) in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup on November 10
- Has the best Place Rate of the field with an impressive 78.57%
- Mares have a poor record with just three wins in the past three decades however so Place Bet is best
- Has a top record at the track (7-4-2-0) and is undefeated over the 1800m with two wins from as many starts
- Is also two from two over the track and distance
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