A below capacity field of 16 weight-for-age hopefuls faces off for Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic 2015 as the action of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival continues at Ascot Racecourse over the weekend.
Perth Racing closed final acceptances for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on Monday with connections of 16 gallopers paying up.
Early favourite in the all-in Kingston Town Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Andreas Wohler-trained German raider Magic Artist set to have his third run in Australia.
Damien Oliver, who rode Sniper’s Bullet (2009) to victory in the Kingston Town Classic six years ago, takes the mount on the in-form international who comes off fourths in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington this Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Karnup’s Grant Williams has a trio of runners as he shoots for his maiden win including dual Group 1 winning mare Delicacy who jockey Peter Hall will reunite with this weekend.
Hall rode the now four-year-old daughter of Al Maher to victory in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) and Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) in Adelaide back in May.
She was last seen running sixth to Good Project second-up in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 21 in a race that has produced eight of the past 11 Kingston Town Classic winners.
Williams’ two other runners are also out to break the lengthy drought of female gallopers as no filly or mare has won the race since St. Clemens Belle (1999).
Last year’s Kingston Town Classic winning jockey Douglas Whyte is over from Hong Kong to ride last start Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes winning Big Brown four-year-old Neverland while the state’s top hoop William Pike stays on three-year-old Perfect Reflection.
Since the race’s inauguration no filly has won the Kingston Town Classic, a hoodoo the undefeated daughter of More Than Ready Perfect Reflection is out to break on Saturday.
She has won all four of her starts to date with Pike aboard including back-to-back Ascot wins this campaign, the latest of which was in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) on November 14.
Also with a trio of acceptors is Daniel Morton represented by Hazzabeel, Man Booker and London Line.
Damian Lane is over for the ride on Zabeel five-year-old Hazzabeel, the gelding having won the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) two back before his fifth in the Railway Stakes when beaten two and three quarter lengths.
Discorsi three-year-old Man Booker is in top form having won his fourth race from seven starts on November 21 taking out the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m), his jockey in that run Jerry Noske staying on for Saturday.
Morton’s third runner London Line has Brad Parnham aboard, the Blackfriars three-year-old having won the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) defeating Man Booker two back before his fourth when his stablemate turned the tables in the WA Guineas last time out.
Lark Hill’s Adam Durrant also has multiple hopes as he chases his first win in the classic saddling up seven-year-old Tower Of Lonhro and this year’s Perth Cup winner Real Love to be ridden by Joseph Azzopardi and Chris Parnham respectively.
Tower Of Lonrho and Real Love both come out of the Railway Stakes having run 11th and seventh in their lead-ups into the Kingston Town Classic.
See below for the final 2015 Kingston Town Classic field and jockeys, the barrier draw to take place at 4pm (WA time) on Tuesday afternoon.
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2015 Kingston Town Classic Final Field
Ascot Racecourse – 05/12/2015
|1||EXTRA ZERO||59||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Mark Zahra|
|2||BLACK HEART BART||59||Vaughn Sigley||Glenn Smith|
|3||TOWER OF LONHRO||59||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi|
|4||MAGIC ARTIST||59||Andreas Wohler||Damien Oliver|
|5||BASS STRAIT||59||Neville Parnham||Patrick Carbery|
|6||WOODSVILLE||59||Jeff Noske||Jarrad Noske|
|7||HAZZABEEL||59||Daniel Morton||Damian Lane|
|8||DARK MUSKET||58.5||Graeme Ballantyne||Jason Whiting|
|9||BALMONT GIRL||57||Paula Wagg||Shaun O’Donnell|
|10||REAL LOVE||57||Adam Durrant||Chris Parnham|
|11||DELICACY||56.5||Grant Williams||Peter Hall|
|12||NEVERLAND||56.5||Grant Williams||Douglas Whyte|
|13||MAN BOOKER||52||Daniel Morton||Jerry Noske|
|14||LONDON LINE||52||Daniel Morton||Brad Parnham|
|15||BLACKWOOD||50||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham|
|16||PERFECT REFLECTION||50||Grant Williams||William Pike|