Perfect Reflection Scores Historical Kingston Town Classic Win

In a devastatingly close all Grant Williams-trained quinella at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday three-year-old Perfect Reflection became the first ever Kingston Town Classic winning filly defeating stablemate Delicacy in the weight-for-age classic.

Magic Artist

Magic Artist (pictured) was the flop of the 2015 Kingston Town Classic in Perth over the weekend when 13th on a rain-affected track behind Perfect Reflection. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Finishing off Group 1 racing for another calendar year, the $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) featured a field of 16 stayers who faced off in the mud on a Heavy (8) track.

Having her first run on Heavy going, More Than Ready filly Perfect Reflection thrived in the conditions with Perth’s premier hoop William Pike rewarded for sticking with the youngster to score his maiden Kingston Town Classic trophy.

Pike worked hard to stay aboard the eventual Kingston Town winner having to diet to get down to the 50kg she carried to victory, effort that was well worth it after his narrow second aboard Disposition behind Moriarty 12 months earlier in the same race.

“Last year my sweetheart was Elite Belle, this year it’s Perfect Reflection,” Pike told Perth Racing.

“It felt a little bit more of an achievement this year, because I had to diet for the race and I had to build myself for the occasion.

“It felt pretty good to do the extra effort and get the result.

“When you win the big ones that is what it is all about.”

It was also the first win in the Perth Summer Racing Carnival classic for the Karnup-based Williams who prepared second past the post as well with his four-year-old Al Maher mare Delicacy.

Only 0.05 lengths separated the first two as the punters’ pick Perfect Reflection ($4.40), backing up off a win in the Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m), retained her undefeated record after the late lunge of dual Group 1 winner Delicacy.

She has now won five from five for $870,950 in prize money while Delicacy ($5), ridden on Saturday by Peter Hall, showed nice improvement off her last start sixth in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).

Finishing off the 2015 Kingston Town Classic trifecta a distant four and a half lengths off the winner in an upset result for third was the Graeme Ballantyne-trained Dark Musket, a $151 outsider in betting, winner of the Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) during the winter.

After the win Pike, who had the pick of the Williams-trained three in the race including eventual fourth placegetter Neverland ($16), told the media he took off for the line too early but that the Bob and Sandra Peters-owned filly was classy enough to still get the job done in the tight photo-finish.

“I went too early but she was bolting and going so well,” Pike said.

“I had no hesitation in picking her as my ride.”

While she was the first filly to salute in the race, Perfect Reflection continued the good record of three-year-olds in the Kingston Town joining Megatic (2007), Playing God (2010) and Ihtsahymn (2013) as horse of that age group to win in the past decade.

The flop of the race was one-time favourite, German raider Magic Artist ($5) ridden by Damien Oliver for a disappointing 13th some 24 lengths off the winner in beating home just three other runners.

Fourth in both the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the earlier Saturday storm in Perth hampered the stallion’s chances as he failed to let down on the rain-affected track.

A fast tempo throughout the run was set by Dan Morton’s Zabeel gelding Hazzabeel who faded on the home turn and could only manage to finish 15th of the 16 starters.

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2015 Kingston Town Classic Results & Finishing Order

Ascot Race 8 – 05/12/2015

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 16 PERFECT REFLECTION Grant Williams William Pike 12 50kg $4.40
2 11 DELICACY Grant Williams Peter Hall 0.05L 16 56.5kg $5
3 8 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Jason Whiting 4.5L 13 58.5kg $151
4 12 NEVERLAND Grant Williams Douglas Whyte 5.25L 10 56.5kg $16
5 15 BLACKWOOD Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 5.75L 14 50kg $26
6 13 MAN BOOKER Daniel Morton Ms Jerry Noske 8.5L 9 52kg $10
7 1 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Mark Zahra 9L 15 59kg $41
8 10 REAL LOVE Adam Durrant Chris Parnham 10.25L 7 57kg $8
9 2 BLACK HEART BART Vaughn Sigley Glenn Smith 12.25L 3 59kg $8
10 3 TOWER OF LONHRO Adam Durrant Joseph Azzopardi 13L 4 59kg $81
11 6 WOODSVILLE Jeff Noske Jarrad Noske 15L 11 59kg $201
12 9 BALMONT GIRL Paula Wagg Shaun O’Donnell 16.75L 2 57kg $26
13 4 MAGIC ARTIST (IRE) Andreas Wohler Damien Oliver 24L 1 59kg $5
14 14 LONDON LINE Daniel Morton Brad Parnham 25.75L 6 52kg $31
15 7 HAZZABEEL (NZ) Daniel Morton Damian Lane 29.75L 5 59kg $31
16 5 BASS STRAIT (NZ) Neville Parnham Patrick Carbery 34.75L 8 59kg $151


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