The season’s top trainer Chris Waller will resist the temptation to pay the late entry into the Kingston Town Classic 2015 at Ascot Racecourse next month for last weekend’s impressive Railway Stakes winner Good Project.
A heroic ride from star, internationally-performed jockey Craig Williams saw Waller’s four-year-old Not A Single Doubt stallion Good Project score a smart two length victory over fellow interstate raider Messene in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth.
His first run in Group company since a seventh in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) from the winter, Good Project was backing up from a second at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day over 1400m in a Benchmark 90 behind Malaguerra.
While the Railway Stakes has been on his agenda for a while, connections opted to not also nominate the now $974,710 earner for the weight-for-age $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) back at Ascot on December 5.
Late Kingston Town Classic nominations remain open at a fee of $20,000, but Waller and co are happy to bypass the distance test with Good Project heading back home on Monday evening.
The Railway Stakes has produced seven of the past 10 Kingston Town Classic winners including last year when Waller won the feature with Moriarty (2014) who backed up from a third as a 20/1 shot in the Railway.
The last horse to complete the Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic double meanwhile was Sniper’s Bullet back in 2009.
Current all-in Kingston Town Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led at $4 by German raider Magic Artist.
Prepared by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Andreas Wohler, the Iffraaj stallion has had two runs down under this season at Flemington during the Cup Carnival.
He ran fourth in both beaten a length by French visitor Gailo Chop in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day before a drop back to a mile when beaten 1.25 lengths by New Zealand’s Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last time out on November 7.
Following closely in futures Kingston Town Classic betting are then locally-trained mares Delicacy ($4.60) and Real Love ($5) who were both unplaced in the Railway Stakes last weekend running sixth and seventh respectively.
Prepared by Grant Williams, Al Maher four-year-old Delicacy suffered her second loss this time in when beaten over three lengths in the Railway and is looking to return to the form that saw her string six straight wins together last campaign.
After four black-types on the trot at Ascot including the WA Oaks – WATC Derby double she travelled to South Australia and stole the limelight there taking out the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) – SA Derby (2500m) double.
Adam Durrant’s five-year-old Desert King mare Real Love won the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) first up before her loss in the Railway Stakes, this year’s Perth Cup winner over the mile and a half tipped to improve when stepped up in distance.
Both are out to break a notable drought for female gallopers in Saturday week’s feature however with the last Kingston Town Classic winning mare being St Clemens Belle back in 1999.
Also at single figures for the win are the undefeated Williams-trained More Than Ready filly Perfect Reflection ($7) and Vaughn Sigley’s Black Heart Bart ($8).
Perfect Reflection posted her fourth win from as many starts on November 14 in the Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) and is out to join Megatic (2007), Playing God (2010) and Ihtsahymn (2013) as the three-year-old Kingston Town Classic winners in the past decade.
Black Heart Bart is a five-year-old son of star WA sire Blackfriars who won three straight to kick off this campaign including the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) before his credible fourth in the Railway Stakes.
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