Chris Waller’s improving import Silverball has opened odds-on favourite to take out the Kingston Town Stakes 2015 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this weekend in Sydney.
The Kahyasi seven-year-old was last seen in the winner’s stall in early May at Rosehill when taking out the Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) by over two lengths.
He is third-up on Saturday running as one of just eight stayers in the $125,000 Group 3 Sky Thoroughbred Central Kingston Town Stakes (2000m).
First-up the former French and Hong Kong performed galloper was sixth over 1400m at Rosehill before he enjoyed the extra metres of the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) back at the track on August 29 to run a nose away second carrying 58kg with Tye Angland in the saddle.
Angland is replaced by Brenton Avdulla for the Kingston Town Stakes, Silverball allocated the same 58kg top weight and paying $1.90 (out from $1.80) through Ladbrokes.com.au.
There are three other single figure hopefuls in Kingston Town Stakes betting for this Golden Rose Day including Havana Cooler ($6.50), the John O’Shea-trained Hurricane Run gelding tipped to improve on his dead last when 13th to Beyond Thankful in last Friday’s Listed Wyong Cup (2080m).
That was just his second run down under, the six-year-old boasting winning form in Europe up to 2400m.
The other two top fancies in the Kingston Town Stakes odds are the ultra-consistent Maurus ($7.50) drawn a treat in gate two and getting on the same 54.5kg minimum weight as Havana Cooler, and market mover King Kinshasa ($9 into $8).
David Vandyke prepares five-year-old Maurus who comes off back-to-back wins in Sydney the first being over 1900m at Rosehill in late June before coming back off a freshen-up at Canterbury on September 2 to carry a hefty 60.5kg to victory over the same distance.
Gai Waterhouse’s imported Pivotal gelding King Kinshasa also comes off a win having saluted by two and a half lengths carrying 57kg to victory over 1800m at Hawkesbury at the end of last month.
Following closely in the markets are Skyline Blush ($10) at generous double figure odds to win her fourth on the trot and the rails-drawn Foundry ($11) who James McDonald rides from the inside alley.
Anthony Cummings’ four-year-old Northern Meteor mare Skyline Blush boast a 50% win rate with five victories across 10 runs to date, the past three of her wins all on the trot including over the Wyong mile by two and a quarter lengths on August 30 where she started the odds-on favourite.
Foundry is trained by Robert Hickmott and is allocated the second top weight of 57kg, 1.5kg less than the Galileo six-year-old had when running a disappointing first-up eighth to The United States over 1500m at Moonee Valley on August 22.
Rounding out the Kingston Town Stakes betting markets are Brian Smith’s visiting Brisbane galloper Kingdoms ($8) who ran third to Opinion in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick last October and the $34 outsider in betting Temps Voleur for Robbie Laing.
See below for the full Kingston Town Stakes 2015 odds, fixed win prices open online now through Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on all the even numbered Rosehill races on Saturday!