The official field for the year’s final Group 1 race has been revealed with 11 gallopers to face off in Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic 2013 in Perth.
One of the highlights of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is set to light-up Ascot Racecourse on the weekend bringing the elite level racing action of another calendar year down under to a close.
Twelve months ago 15 horses faced off in the weight-for-age feature.
This year there are 11 final Kingston Town Classic acceptors including the defending champion Luckygray.
The now Trevor Andrews-trained Bradbury’s Luck grey won the feature last year under the training of Gary Poletti and is back for another shot in 2013.
Until last start the six-year-old hadn’t won a race since the Kingston Town last summer, but they broke the drought with a very tough effort in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
There they overcame barrier 12 of 15 and a hefty 58kg to defeat 53kg lightweight Platinum Rocker by half a length with Shaun O’Donnell in the saddle.
O’Donnell retains the ride this weekend, Luckygray looking to become the second horse to win consecutive editions of on the trot following Playing God (2010-11).
Other dual Kingston Town Classic winners over the years include Niconero (2006, 2008), Old Comrade (2000-01), Summer Beau (1996 -97) and Family Of Man (1976, 1978).
Luckygray’s the clear favourite to add their name to that list too and could approach odds-on territory with the right Kingston Town Classic barrier draw.
Second pick for the title is then WA Guineas winner Ihtsahymn for trainer Fred Kersley who will be ridden by Stephen Parnham.
Parnham, 27, made the decision to ride the progressive three-year-old this week having also had the option to ride his father Neville Parnham’s champion Playing God who is out to become the first triple Kingston Town Classic winner since the race was inaugurated in 1976.
Trainer Parnham has also accepted for God Has Spoken, one of the roughie chances in the race, who was third to Luckygray in the race last year.
Also with multiple Kingston Town Classic hopes this year is the Karnup-based Grant Williams saddling-up his recent Ascot Gold Cup winning mare Moonlight Bay, last start Lee Steere Stakes third placed Ranger and Elite Belle.
Canny Lad mare Elite Belle has been in top form this season with four top two runs on the trot most recently a tidy win over Luke’s Luck in the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) on November 23.
The other big name player in the Kingston Town Classic field for Saturday meanwhile is last year’s Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet.
The Adam Durrant-trained galloper was runner-up in the Kingston Town 12 months ago and is a chance again this year despite their seventh to Luckygray in the Railway Stakes last start.
Rounding out the field are then Blackfriars eight-year-old Black Tycoon coming off a Tattersall’s Cup win over 2100m from November 23, the Vaughn Sigley-trained Belmont Guineas winner from last year Rohan and 40-start veteran Talent Show.
See below for the complete Kingston Town Classic 2013 field with the full list of jockeys and barriers to be released tomorrow.
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2013 Kingston Town Classic Final Field
Ascot Racecourse – 07/12/2013
|1||LUCKYGRAY||59||116||Shaun O’Donnell||Trevor Andrews|
|2||PLAYING GOD||59||107||Paul Harvey||Neville Parnham|
|3||MR MOET||59||111||Peter Hall||Adam Durrant|
|4||GOD HAS SPOKEN||59||101||Brad Parnham||Neville Parnham|
|6||ROHAN||59||93||Glenn Smith||Vaughn Sigley|
|7||BLACK TYCOON||59||98||TBA||Justin Warwick|
|8||TALENT SHOW||57||100||TBA||Graeme Ballantyne|
|9||MOONLIGHT BAY||57||96||Chris Parnham||Grant Williams|
|10||ELITE BELLE||57||91||TBA||Grant Williams|
|11||IHTSAHYMN||52||85||Steven Parnham||Fred Kersley|