Nominations are now out for all the Perth Summer Racing Carnival majors including those for the 2013 Kingston Town Classic next month.
Set to run at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday December 7, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) originally drew 86 early entries.
Five of those have since been officially withdrawn but there are still a huge number of hopeful gallopers fighting for a spot in the final field.
Among them is not only a number of interstate raiders but an international visitor too.
Andrew Balding’s British galloper Side Glance, third in the Grade 1 Arlington Million Stakes back in August, travelled down under for a shot at the spring riches in Melbourne.
Their Australia debut was a credible sixth to Shamus Award in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), an effort they improved on at Derby Day when defeating Dear Demi to win the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Pre-post Kingston Town Classic betting favourite meanwhile is the Adam Durrant-trained Mr Moet.
The Mosayter gelding hasn’t won a race since last December but has put in a number of eye-catching runs in Melbourne over the past 11 months including their Caulfield Cup sixth two back.
Mr Moet was last seen racing at Flemington on November 2 when one and a half lengths away fourth to Side Glance in the Mackinnon, an effort the bookies are tipping them to improve back at home where Durrant says they are now thriving.
“I had him home as quick as possible,” Durrant told the West Australian.
“It is beach weather now and he has already been down for a wade. He did peak on his run on Saturday, but honestly I did not get him quite right.
“The wet weather caused the track to be closed a few times and working him on top of the ground, he didn’t get the solid work he would have in the heavy sand at home.
“I am looking forward to him having his first gallop on Saturday. He is definitely in fantastic condition.”
Reigning Kingston Town Classic winner Luckygray then is set to defend their title and has also been nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 23.
Luckygray has contested the past two editions of the Kingston Town Classic running fifth to Playing God in 2011 before their win in the race 12 months ago, prepared for both by Gary Portelli.
The Bradbury’s Luck grey is now under the care of Trevor Andrews and is looking to return to form after a failed Melbourne spring campaign.
They raced back at home last Saturday in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and finished just a length away fourth to Conservatorium with connections hoping they can improve again over the next month.
2011 Kingston Town winner Playing God is also nominated this year looking for their third win in the race having also taken it out in 2010.
Neville Parnham’s Blackfriars stallion was sixth in the race last year but is far from past it having recently won the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m).
They also ran in the Lee Steere when sixth to Conservatorium who is nominated for the Railway but not the Kingston Town Classic.
Victoria’s premier horseman Peter Moody meanwhile has six Kingston Town Classic nominations this year, his contingent headed by his last start VRC Sprint Classic third placegetter Moment Of Change.
Also entered for Moody are the likes of the consistent Strawberry Boy and his O’Reilly mare Thy.
Some of the other more notable Kingston Town Classic nominees then include last start Asian Beau Stakes third placed Rohan, the Anthony Cummings-trained Strike The Stars, Grant Williams’ consistent Canny Lad mare Elite Belle and last start Randwick winner Vitello for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Gai Waterhouse.
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2013 Kingston Town Classic Nominations
Ascot Racecourse – 07/12/2013
|2||AMELIAS DANCER||Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani|
|3||ANGEL OF MERCY||Grant Williams|
|4||ARCADIA ROSE||Grant Williams|
|5||BACK TO A WALK||Gino Poletti|
|6||BARNSLEY LAD||Stephen Rowe|
|7||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes|
|8||BIPPO NO BUNGUS||Neville Parnham|
|9||BLACK TYCOON||Justin Warwick|
|10||BLACKIE (NZ)||Jarrod McLean|
|11||BORN TO EXCEL||Daniel Morton|
|12||CANDOUR||Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani|
|14||COSMIC CAUSEWAY||Peter G Moody|
|15||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes|
|16||CYBER CRIME||Alan Mathews|
|18||DANNY RIP||Fred Kersley|
|19||DARLINGTON ABBEY||Simon A Miller|
|21||ELITE BELLE||Grant Williams|
|25||FAT AL||Peter G Moody|
|27||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|28||FLYING ZOE||Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani|
|29||FORGET MAYBE||Anthony Cummings|
|30||FULL REIGN||Peter & Matthew Giadresco|
|31||GALAXY PRINCE||Grant Williams|
|32||GLOBAL FLIRT||Justin Warwick|
|33||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham|
|34||GOLDEN ARO||Gai Waterhouse|
|36||HAVANA GOLD (IRE)|
|39||JET AWAY (GB)||David Hayes|
|40||KEEPERS COURT (NZ)||Adam Durrant|
|41||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mike Reed|
|42||LOOKING AHEAD||Michael Grant|
|43||LOW TIDE||Daniel Morton|
|45||LUKE’S LUCK||Trevor Andrews|
|46||MIDSUMMER SUN (GB)||Sam Kavanagh|
|47||MOET ME||Daniel Morton|
|48||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody|
|49||MOONLIGHT BAY||Grant Williams|
|50||MOURO (USA)||Tony McEvoy|
|51||MR MOET||Adam Durrant|
|52||MYSTIC PRINCE||Grant Williams|
|54||ORA DARE||Adam Durrant|
|56||PETROL POWER||Jim P Taylor|
|57||PLATINUM ROCKER||Simon A Miller|
|58||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham|
|59||POP CULTURE||Colin Webster|
|60||RAIN DRUM||Gai Waterhouse|
|63||RED BLAST||Daniel Morton|
|65||RUN FOR RUM||Shane Quilty|
|68||SETTLE STRADA||David Harrison|
|70||SIDE GLANCE (GB)||Andrew Balding|
|71||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes|
|72||STRAWBERRY BOY||Peter G Moody|
|73||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|74||SUPER EIGHTY EIGHT||Chris Gangemi|
|75||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy|
|76||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne|
|77||THE CORPORATION||Trevor Andrews|
|78||THE WIDDER||Chris Gangemi|
|79||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|80||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson|
|81||TREVIERES (FR)||Markus Nigge|
|82||VIA LAURENTINA||Neville Parnham|
|83||VITAL IMPORTANCE||Neville Parnham|
|85||WEEKEND SHADOW||Neville Parnham|