2011 Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet is back for a third shot Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic 2014 leading a capacity field of stayers for the Ascot feature in Perth.
Twenty final acceptances were taken for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 TABTouch Kingston Town Classic (1800m), the final Group 1 race of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
Sixteen of those are guaranteed a run while the other four make up the emergency runners.
To wear the number one saddlecloth with Daniel Staeck in the saddle is Adam Durrant’s Mosayter seven-year-old Mr Moet who has raced in the past two editions of the weight-for-age classic.
In 2012 he ran second to Luckygray on the back of his Railway Stakes win before returning last year when fifth to Ihtsahymn.
This time in he also returned in the Railway Stakes as he did two years ago but could only manage to finish a distant 14th behind Elite Belle, form he’s out to atone for on the weekend.
Durrant has also accepted for Railway Stakes 12th over the line Chester Road and the fourth emergency Real Love come off a second in the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) but unlikely to get a run.
Pre-field Kingston Town Classic betting at Ladbrokes.com.au meanwhile has been dominated by the first three over the line in the Railway Stakes, which has produced six of the past eight winners.
Railway Stakes winner Elite Belle represents Grant Williams on Saturday with Peter Hall to ride the six-year-old Canny Lad mare in the place of William Pike.
She’s won four of her past five starts including the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) on October and the Railway Stakes on November 22 but will need to handle a rise in weights under the WFA conditions.
Elite Belle is also looking to become the first Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic double winner since Sniper’s Bullet in 2009.
Her Railway Stakes winning jockey Pike meanwhile jumps off and will instead partner with the also well-fancied stablemate Disposition.
Three-year-olds have a strong record in the race including a win last year, Reset gelding Disposition looking to be the next youngster to show up the older gallopers here.
He’s had an ideal lead-up having won his opening four career starts, including the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) on November 8, before suffering his first loss when a brave half-a-length second behind Rommel in the Group 2 WA Guineas on November 22.
Williams’ third representative in the Kingston Town Classic field this year meanwhile is Haradasun four-year-old Respondent to be ridden by Brad Parnham.
The WATC Derby winner from the autumn has had four runs this time in including his credible seventh in the Railway Stakes last time out.
Getting back to the Railway Stakes trifecta, Elite Belle was followed over the line by Balmont Girl and Moriarty who are both also sitting top of the Kingston Town Classic odds.
The Paula Wagg-trained four-year-old Balmont mare Balmont Girl was defeated only three-quarters of a length on the back of a Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes win over 1400m and has winning form right up to a mile and a half thanks to her Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) success back in March.
It is Chris Waller’s Sydney raider Moriarty however who is likely to jump favourite this weekend after flashing home late to be beaten under a length in the Railway which was his Perth debut.
The Clodovil seven-year-old now has an Ascot run under his belt and has twice won over the 1800m, another quiet ride just off the pace likely from his champion Hong Kong hoop Douglas Whyte.
Other notable Kingston Town Classic hopefuls this year include The Goodwood winner Smokin’ Joey who ran fourth in the Railway Stakes, the reigning champion Ihtsahymn for Fred Kersley looking to go back-to-back for the first time since Playing God (2010-11) and the Neville Parnham-trained WA Guineas winner Rommel who Steven Parnham has opted to stay on.
Parnham has ridden three of the past four Kingston Town Classic winners successful aboard Playing God (2010, 2011) and Ihtsahymn last year.
See below for the full Kingston Town Classic 2014 final field, the barrier draw to be conducted shortly.
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2014 Kingston Town Classic Final Field
Ascot Racecourse – 06/12/2014
|1||MR MOET||59||108||DANIEL STAECK||ADAM DURRANT|
|2||MORIARTY (IRE)||59||112||DOUGLAS WHYTE||CHRIS WALLER|
|3||SMOKIN’ JOEY||59||109||BEN MELHAM||WEZ HUNTER|
|5||CHESTER ROAD||59||102||PETER KNUCKEY||ADAM DURRANT|
|6||REBELSON||59||88||BEN KENNEDY||DARREN MC AULIFFE|
|7||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||59||92||CHRIS PARNHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|8||IHTSAHYMN||58.5||104||PAUL HARVEY||FRED KERSLEY|
|9||RESPONDENT||58.5||90||BRAD PARNHAM||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|10||PHEIDON||58.5||100||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE|
|11||ELITE BELLE||57||110||PETER HALL||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|12||POP CULTURE||57||94||TROY TURNER||COLIN WEBSTER|
|13||BALMONT GIRL||56.5||102||SHAUN O’DONNELL||PAULA WAGG|
|14||FUCHSIA BANDANA||56.5||95||JARRAD NOSKE||DARREN MC AULIFFE|
|15||ROMMEL||52||83||STEVEN PARNHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|16||DISPOSITION||52||80||WILLIAM PIKE||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|17e||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||59||91||TBA||DANIEL MORTON|
|18e||EXPRESS SERVICE||59||87||TBA||DARREN MC AULIFFE|
|19e||RED BLAST||59||83||JERRY NOSKE||DANIEL MORTON|
|20e||REAL LOVE||56.5||78||TBA||ADAM DURRANT|