Grant Williams’ Railway Stakes winning mare Elite Belle has opened top of the futures markets for Saturday week’s Kingston Town Classic 2014 back at Ascot Racecourse.
The six-year-old daughter of Canny Lad is one of a bumper 89 original nominations taken last month for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), the third and final elite level of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival running on December 6.
In flying form over the past year winning now three Group 3 races and a Group 1 in her past five starts, Elite Belle recorded her most significant victory yet over the weekend with her upset in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Ridden to perfection by William Pike, Elite Belle was able to overcome getting caught hard up on the fence and poke through a split in the field to run off and defeat Balmont Girl and Moriarty in the Railway for owner-breeder Bob Peters.
The bookmakers reacted accordingly and slashed Elite Belle’s price in the futures Kingston Town Classic odds, Ladbrokes.com.au paying $6 for her to post back-to-back Group 1 wins.
Just four horses have completed the Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic double over the years with: Better Loosen Up (1989), Old Comrade (2001), Modem (2004) and most recently Sniper’s Bullet (2009).
She’s followed in the markets by three other single figure hopes with:
- Moriarty ($6.50) – Chris Waller-trained Sydney raider was targeting this race from the get go and originally was going to skip the Railway but the availability of Nash Rawiller for the ride saw the Clodovil seven-year-old step out in Perth last weekend and cross only three-quarters of a length away third in the Railway Stakes, promising form for the next Group 1 especially as he had a wide draw (15) and big weight (57kg) for his WA debut.
- Balmont Girl ($7) – Bookies are tipping the Railway Stakes form to stack up in the Kingston Town again with this Balmont four-year-old mare coming off a close second to Elite Belle. Before that she won the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) beating Black Heart Bart who won the Carbine Club of WA Stakes over the weekend so her form is ideal.
- Disposition ($7.50) – Bob Peters-owned Reset three-year-old is far from a confirmed runner with Peters a little worried about the step up to 1800m after he was defeated for the first time in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) on Railway Day. Won his opening four starts before that, including over subsequent Guineas champ Rommel in the Fairetha Stakes, and three-year-olds have an ace Kingston Town record with two saluting in the past three years.
There are then a logjam of other livewire chances sitting under $20 to win the staying showdown including Disposition’s stable mate Respondent ($10) – Grant Williams’ WATC Derby winner out to improve on a Railway Stakes seventh when up further in distance again – and the Adam Durrant-trained Carbine Club of WA Stakes runner-up Real Love ($11).
The defending Kingston Town Classic winner Ihtsahymn, who won 12 months ago after a WA Guineas victory, then pays $12 to improve on a below par Railway Stakes run and become the first dual winner of the race since Playing God (2010-11).
The next best in betting then include Trevor Andrews’ WA Guineas fourth placegetter Outlaw Pete ($12), the Lou Luciania-trained fellow three-year-old Tonto ($13), Gai Waterhouse’s Al Maher four-year-old Pheidon ($14) coming off an Eclipse Stakes second from November 15 and 2012 Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet ($15).
See below for the top 20 in the all-in Kingston Town Classic 2014 odds, the field for the weight-for-age classic due out early next week.
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