The reigning champ Luckygray continues to dominate betting in the updated 2013 Kingston Town Classic odds for the Perth classic running at Ascot Racecourse this weekend.
Trevor Andrews’ Bradbury’s Luck grey won the race 12 months ago when prepared by Gino Poletti and is looking to repeat the feat last achieved by Playing God (2010-11) and go back-to-back in the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
They’ve been well liked in the Kingston Town Classic betting markets this WA Summer Racing Carnival too and are now into a short $2.50 to salute for the punters.
The six-year-old cemented their favouritism last start on November 23 when defeating a similar field of rivals, seemingly without too much strain, when carrying a big 58kg under handicap conditions in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
They now get the benefit of weight-for-age and should also be suited to the step up to 1800m which they thrived over in the culminating run of their spring – summer prep last season.
Drawn just worse than midfield in barrier seven with Shaun O’Donnell maintaining his association, Luckygray is joined in the markets by three other single figure fancies.
The other Kingston Town Classic hopes under $10 to win are then:
- #3 Mr Moet ($5) – May have drawn the outside gate but Adam Durrant’s 2013 Railway Stakes winner is a class galloper with the distance to overcome the barrier and get the job done, they need to improve if they are to turn the tables on Luckygray having run seventh to them in the Railway last start and second to them in this race last year, but the bookies believe they can do that over the 1800m having shown good form in Melbourne this spring when fourth to Side Glance in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day, the drop back down to a mile last start probably found them out and they’ll have more in them for this, slight drift out from $4.60 to $5
- #11 Ihtsahymn ($5) – Gun three-year-old stepping up to Group 1 company for the first time here after a nice winning effort in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) at the track last time, hasn’t been stretched over further than a mile but have won both their runs over that distance without issue and should thrive over the extra 200m especially carrying only 52kg under WFA (they meet the favourite a full seven kilos better offer) from an ideal barrier two draw
- #2 Playing God ($9) – Former dual Kingston Town Classic winner (2010-11) back to make it a triple (the only in history to do so) after their sixth in this last year, in good form this time in and trainer Neville Parnham says they are the genuine sleeper in this race ready to improve and get the job done, latest win was Group 3 Northerly Stakes at the track on October 19 so hasn’t lost the knack, jumps from barrier 10 so needs to be up there but knows this track like no other
The next best in betting, and the only other under $20, is market mover Elite Belle paying $16 to salute for the females.
Grant Williams’ Canny Lad mare has been in great form this season including her second in the RJ Peter Stakes but failed to gain a start in the Railway Stakes as an unused emergency.
Scored a consolation win that day however easily winning the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) and is now ready to step back up in distance and take on a Group 1 field for the first time frp, barrier six with William Pike in the saddle.
Also in the mix are then Parnham’s other runner God Has Spoken and Lee Steere Stakes third placegetter Ranger, another Railway spare that didn’t get a run, both at a quote of $21.
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