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Two big winners from WA’s Railway Stakes Day over the weekend are now heading the markets for the Kingston Town Classic 2014 Saturday week with Luckygray and Ihtsahymn shaping up as the ones to beat.
Bringing the elite level racing action of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival to a close at Ascot Racecourse on December 7, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is shaping up as a clash between Railway Stakes champ Luckygray and WA Guineas hero Ihtsahymn.
Installed at the top of the futures Kingston Town Classic odds is Trevor Andrews’ Bradbury’s Luck six-year-old Luckygray.
The grey gelding defied the odds as a 20-1 outsider winning the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on Saturday as the 58kg topweight.
That weight is the second heaviest carried to a Railway Stakes win, 1.5kg more than Sniper’s Bullet (2009) but still 3kg less than the record set by Tudor Mak (61kg) back in 1967.
It was their second win in the classic after their controversial protest victory over He’s Remarkable back in 2011 and saw them join Tudor Mak (1966-67) as only other dual Railway Stakes winner in the race’s 126-year history.
Luckygray was second in last year’s Railway Stakes, when still prepared by previous trainer Gino Poletti, before backing up to turn the tables on Mr Moet to win in the Kingston Town Classic.
After breaking an 11-month winning drought over the weekend with their gutsy win over Platinum Rocker (2nd) and Fire Up Fifi (3rd), Luckygray is now on track for a title defense in the Kingston Town.
If successful there they will become the sixth dual Kingston Town Classic champ joining Playing God (2010-11), Niconero (06-08), Old Comrade (2000-01), Summer Beau (1996-97) and Family Of Man (1976-77).
They are set to face some stiff competition from the second pick in the latest Kingston Town Classic betting markets though with Ihtashymn also heading towards the feature.
Fred Kersley’s local Ihtiram gelding won their first race as a three-year-old third-up in the $400,000 Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) when stepped up to the mile for the first time this prep.
Having handled the distance with ease to defeat the Simon Miller-trained duo of Miss Rose De Lago (2nd) and Saint Bro (3rd), connections are confident the youngster will appreciate the extra distance afforded to them in the Kingston Town.
The other big name Kingston Town Classic fancies following the Perth race results from this weekend gone are then Mr Moet who ran seventh in the Railway when shooting for back-to-back wins and the always honest Playing God who is one of the five previous multiple winners of the race.
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