This Saturday, December 7, Group 1 racing comes to a close in Australia for another calendar year with the running of the Kingston Town Classic 2013 – a detailed form guide and betting analysis of which is detailed below.
An 11-horse field is set to square off in this year’s $500,000 Group 1 TABTouch Kingston Town Classic (1800m) that has attracted a strictly local line-up.
Clear favourite in the markets at a firm $2.50 is the Trevor Andrews-trained Luckygray who won the race 12 months ago.
They’ve secured top spot in the Kingston Town Classic odds this year after their barnstorming win with a big weight in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) last start defeating a similar field.
Here they get more distance and it is weight-for-age, two things firmly in the favourite’s favour.
Luckygray is followed in Kingston Town Classic betting by a number of other livewire chances including the firming second elect Ihtsahymn ($4.80) coming off a WA Guineas win and dropping back to just 52kg here, last year’s runner-up Mr Moet ($5) and former dual winner of the classic Playing God ($9) who won in 2010 and 2011.
That’s the story told by the bookies but what about the Kingston Town Classic form guide and history.
Having gone over the field, facts and stats on the race below are our must know Kingston Town Classic facts to have you backing this year’s winner online at the best price through Ladbrokes.com.au.
2013 Kingston Town Classic Form Facts & Betting Stats
- Last year’s Kingston Town Classic winner was Luckygray, then prepared by Gino Poletti, who won the race third-up following a Lee Steer Stakes win and Railway Stakes second from barrier 4 (of 15) with Shaun O’Donnell in the saddle
- This year #1 Luckygray ($2.50), now prepared by Andrews, is back to defend their title and again they come via the Lee Steere (4th) and Railway Stakes (1st)
- Last year’s winning hoop Shaun O’Donnell rides Luckygray again here but this year they have drawn barrier 7 (of 11)
- Barrier 7 in fact is the second most successful Kingston Town Stakes gate in the past 30 years producing four winners
- The most successful barrier is 10 with 5 winners which this year belongs to #2 Playing God
- The Neville Parnham-trained Playing God has won the Kingston Town Stakes twice before in 2010 and 2011 from barriers 8 and five respectively
- The only barrier not to produce a Kingston Town Classic winner since 1983 is barrier 11 with the hoodoo out to be broken by #3 Mr Moet ($5) this year
- The Railway Stakes is the most telling Kingston Town Classic guide with six of the past eight winners having come via the event held a fortnight earlier
- Along with this year’s winner Luckygray the other Kingston Town hopes to come via the Railway Stakes are #2 Playing God (5th), #4 God Has Spoken (6th), #3 Mr Moet (7th) and the $81 roughie for Saturday #8 Talent Show (11th)
- Older horses have the best record in the race with only two three-year-olds winning in the last decade most recently Playing God (2010); this year the sole three-year-old in the mix is the well fancied #11 Ihtsahymn ($4.80)
- Favourites have a poor recent record in the race with only two of the past 10 saluting for the punters; this year the favourite is #1 Luckygray ($2.50) for their title defense
- The only two horses in the last 10 years to complete the Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic double are Sniper’s Bullet (2009) and Moden (2004); this year #1 Luckygray is out to be the next
- The most successful Kingston Town Classic jockey in the past three decades has been Paul Harvey with 4 wins from 19 rides; this year he is aboard #2 Playing God ($9)
- The highest Win Rate of the field belongs to #1 Luckygray (50%) and #11 Ihtsahymn (50%) followed by #7 Black Tycoon (36%), #3 Mr Moet (33%) and #6 Rohan (33%)
- The best Place Percentage meanwhile belongs to #10 Elite Belle (79%) followed by #7 Black Tycoon (64%), #3 Mr Moet (61%), #6 Rohan (60%), #5 Ranger (59%), #1 Luckygray (58%) and #11 Ihtsahymn (50%)
- Over the distance horses with good winning form include #2 Playing God (5-3-0-0), #1 Luckygray (2-1-0-0), #6 Rohan (2-2-0-0) and #7 Black Tycoon (8-4-2-0)
- At the track those with a nice record include #1 Luckygray (14-9-2-0), #2 Playing God (19-7-3-1), #3 Mr Moet (12-6-3-1), #6 Rohan (12-3-1-3), #7 Black Tycoon (9-5-1-0) and #10 Elite Belle (8-2-3-1)
- Those with a previous win at the Track & Distance are then #2 Playing God (4-3-0-0), #1 Luckygray (2-1-0-0), #4 God Has Spoken (5-1-2-1), #6 Rohan (2-2-0-0), #7 Black Tycoon (4-2-1-0) and #9 Moonlight Bay (5-1-0-1)
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view our insider Kingston Town Classic betting tips to be published shortly.
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