2014 Kingston Town Classic Nominations Feature Top Spring Runners

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2014 Kingston Town Classic Nominations Feature Top Spring Runners

Nominations for some of the premier Perth Summer Racing Carnival races were taken on Monday, including the 2014 Kingston Town Classic.

Chris Waller's Foreteller features among the 88-strong nominations for the Kingston Town Classic.

Chris Waller’s Foreteller features among the 88-strong nominations for the Kingston Town Classic. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), held on Saturday December 6th at Ascot Racecourse, is the second Group One feature of the festival, run under weight-for-age conditions, and worth $500,000 in prize money. Because of this, it attracts a quality field of local and interstate middle-distance gallopers.

This year’s nominations feature 88 strong runners, including many who have wowed in both Sydney and Melbourne during the spring racing season.

Chris Waller’s Foreteller has enjoyed a third placing in the Group 2 Dat Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and a win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m), over the same distance as the Kingston Town Classic, so far this spring with his season set to end this weekend in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

The gelding has also been nominated for the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) two weeks prior. It is worth noting six of the last eight winners of the Kingston Town Classic have come through the Railway Stakes, so many of the leading contenders will be seen on both lists.

The top Sydney trainer has also nominated Moriarty for the middle-distance race, winner of the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) earlier this month.

Other nominations who have been prominent on the spring racing scene include Gai Waterhouse’s Liberty’s Choice, Naturalism Stakes winner Gris Caro, the Wez Hunter-trained Smokin’ Joey, JRA Plate winner Spillway, British import Stipulate, and Zululand.

Kingston Town Classic defending champion Ihtsahymn also features among the nominations.

The four-year-old gelding won last year’s race a shoulder ahead of Luckygray and is set to return to claim two wins in a row following a successful autumn racing campaign that included a win in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) and a second placing in the Group 2 W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) in April.

Ihtsahymn is a proven successful mile runner that also has what it takes to stay over longer distances. What he is not is a sprinter.

The Fred Kersley-trained horse was last seen in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) on October 4, in which he finished dead last. This was added to a midfield finish last October in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m).

Along with the interstate hotshots who have been getting a name for themselves this spring there are plenty of highly-rated local Perth horses among the 2014 Kingston Town Classic nominations.

Grant William’s Amorino has won four of his last five starts, and was a fast-finishing second in the fifth, including back-to-back wins in the Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) and Listed Grandstand Cup (1500m).

Bunbury Cup winner Classique Ivory, Alan Mathew’s Cyber Crime, Coolgardie Cup winner Express Service, Perth Cup runner-up God Has Spoken, and Boulder Cup winner Red Blast have all declared for the race.

The Adam Durrant-trained Chester Road was a surprise name featured on the nomination list, considering he hasn’t been seen on a course since coming runner-up in the Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) back in December 2012. Should the gelding make the final field, it’ll be just under two years since he last raced.

Check out the full list of 2014 Kingston Town Classic nominations below.

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2014 Kingston Town Classic nominations

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 59kg
2 AMORINO Grant Williams 59kg
3 AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings 59kg
4 BARGE AND CHARGE Anthony Cummings 59kg
5 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
6 BIG HOLD UP (NZ) Wally Mitchell 59kg
7 CHESTER ROAD Adam Durrant 59kg
8 CLASSIQUE IVORY (NZ) Gino Poletti 59kg
9 CYBER CRIME Alan Mathews 59kg
10 DESERT GLOW Justin Warwick 59kg
11 EXPRESS SERVICE Darren Mcauliffe 59kg
12 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 59kg
13 FULL REIGN Jarrad Humphries 59kg
14 GLOBAL FLIRT Justin Warwick 59kg
15 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham 59kg
16 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens 59kg
17 MARDEN (IRE) Adam Durrant 59kg
18 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 59kg
19 MR MOET Adam Durrant 59kg
20 MR UTOPIA Steve Wolfe 59kg
21 MYSTIC PRINCE Justin Warwick 59kg
22 OPERATIONAL Fred Kersley 59kg
23 ORATOR (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
24 RANGER Adam Durrant 59kg
25 REBELSON Darren Mcauliffe 59kg
26 RED BLAST Daniel Morton 59kg
27 ROWIE Chris Gangemi 59kg
28 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter 59kg
29 SON OF SOMETHING Adam Durrant 59kg
30 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
31 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
32 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Daniel Morton 59kg
33 TRADING DAY Warren Wilson 59kg
34 YE OLDE Lou Luciani 59kg
35 BEST OF THE REST Anthony Cummings 58.5kg
36 BRADFORD BADBOY Donna Riordan 58.5kg
37 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Peter G Moody 58.5kg
38 DRAGO Anthony Cummings 58.5kg
39 HOOKED John P Thompson 58.5kg
40 IHTSAHYMN Fred Kersley 58.5kg
41 LIBERTY’S CHOICE Gai Waterhouse 58.5kg
42 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse 58.5kg
43 RESPONDENT Grant Williams 58.5kg
44 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 58.5kg
45 WAYSIDE (NZ) Grant Williams 58.5kg
46 WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse 58.5kg
47 ANTIQUE BELLE Grant Williams 57kg
48 BIPPO NO BUNGUS Neville Parnham 57kg
49 ELITE BELLE Grant Williams 57kg
50 FANCY FEET Shane Quilty 57kg
51 FASHION PRINCESS (NZ) Grant Williams 57kg
52 LUCCIOLA (IRE) Justin Warwick 57kg
53 PLATINUM ROCKER Simon A Miller 57kg
54 POP CULTURE Colin Webster 57kg
55 BALMONT GIRL Paula Wagg 56.5kg
56 FUCHSIA BANDANA Darren Mcauliffe 56.5kg
57 MISS ROSE DE LAGO Simon A Miller 56.5kg
58 REAL CHARM Adam Durrant 56.5kg
59 REAL LOVE Adam Durrant 56.5kg
60 STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg
61 VITAL IMPORTANCE Neville Parnham 56.5kg
62 BACKDROP Cliff Green 52kg
63 CALABRIA JOE Justin Warwick 52kg
64 COMING BACK Grant Williams 52kg
65 CUANZO Eric Wake 52kg
66 DISPOSITION Grant Williams 52kg
67 DJANGO Joe Byrne 52kg
68 HALO EXPRESS Grant Williams 52kg
69 HOBART JONES Vernon Brockman 52kg
70 HYDE PARK FLYER Donna Riordan 52kg
71 JEZPARK Ted Martinovich 52kg
72 MIHANY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 52kg
73 OUTLAW PETE Trevor Andrews 52kg
74 PALACE INTRUDER Trevor Andrews 52kg
75 ROMMEL Neville Parnham 52kg
76 SAY GERONIMO (NZ) Wally Mitchell 52kg
77 SLEEPY STRIKER Grant Williams 52kg
78 TASHBEEH David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 52kg
79 THE CHORISTER Adam Durrant 52kg
80 TONTO Lou Luciani 52kg
81 VUELTA (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 52kg
82 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 52kg
83 DANCING EXPRESS Neville Parnham 50kg
84 DELICACY Grant Williams 50kg
85 IDEAL IMAGE Grant Williams 50kg
86 PRETE A PARTIR Dion Luciani 50kg
87 SILVERSTREAM Grant Williams 50kg
88 TOP SHOW Neville Parnham 50kg

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