Godolphin’s Group 1 winning stayer Magic Hurricane is nominated to continue his spring run this weekend at Rosehill Racecourse in the Kingston Town Classic 2016.
One of four Group races on the Golden Rose Stakes Day card in Sydney on Saturday, nominations for the $125,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) have been extended until 11am (AEST) on Tuesday after only 10 early entries were received by Racing NSW.
The top-rated of the current nominees is the John O’Shea-trained Hurricane Run seven-year-old Magic Hurricane, the import chasing his first win since the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick in October last year.
He ran unplaced in five subsequent runs before an improved last start third behind Sense Of Occasion in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1900m) at Rosehill on August 27.
O’Shea has also nominated Street Cry five-year-old Allergic for the Kingston Town Stakes this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the galloper coming off a fifth in the same lead-up.
Allergic won the Premier’s Cup Prelude before crossing only 1.4 lengths away in the Black-Type final a fortnight ago as the beaten $2.30 favourite.
He has a strong 2000m record of three wins and three seconds from eight runs over the distance and so should relish getting out over more metres this Saturday.
Last year’s Kingston Town Stakes winner was the Chris Waller-trained Silverball (2015) who came off a second to Magic Hurricane in that season’s Premier’s Cup.
This year Waller has three current Kingston Town Stakes nominees as he chases back-to-back wins in the handicap clash.
Heading Waller’s contingent is British import McCreery, the Big Bad Bob gelding last seen winning the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury back on August 18.
He is joined by stablemates Junoob and Loophole.
Nine-year-old veteran Junoob was last seen running third to McCreery in the Rowley Mile, the Group 2 winner chasing his maiden win since last November’s Ballarat Cup (2200m).
Loophole is a seven-year-old son of Lonhro who finished second in the Premier’s Cup Prelude, seventh in the Premier’s Cup and raced again only last Friday when fourth to Slow Pace in the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) run on a Heavy (10) track.
Along with McCreery the other last start winner among the Kingston Town Stakes nominations is the Gary Nickson-trained Mandalong Kiss, the War Pass mare having saluted over 2000m on a Heavy (9) Randwick track on August 27.
The other mare in the mix is Peter Gillis’ seven-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer Rules Girl who won at Goulburn over 1300m in mid-August before a last start second at Canterbury as a 51/1 shot over 1550m in a Benchmark 72 later that month.
The other headliner though is the John Thompson-trained Sir John Hawkwood, nominated for his first-up run of the spring.
An eight-year-old son of Sir Percy, the Irish-bred gelding hasn’t raced since his second to Benzini at Eagle Farm in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) in June.
That followed another Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival second to Perth Cup winning mare Real Love in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2000m) at Doomben in mid-May.
His last win was at Rosehill in March when narrowly defeating Messene in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m), the same track and distance as the Kingston Town Stakes on Saturday.
Check out the current Kingston Town Stakes 2016 nominations below, the final field and barrier draw due out on Wednesday with odds to follow at our No. 1 recommended bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Kingston Town Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 10/09/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||6157x0x963||BRING LUCK||G||5||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||71|
|3||12×0463823||JUNOOB (GB)||G||9||Chris Waller||105|
|4||8×63353274||LOOPHOLE (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||92|
|5||21x7966x53||MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)||G||7||John O’Shea||106|
|6||3478×98431||MANDALONG KISS||M||5||Gary Nickson||74|
|7||12x21x6251||MCCREERY (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||95|
|8||2622080×93||OH SO SPLENDIDO (NZ)||G||4||Bruce Wallace & Allan Peard||65|
|9||5075653×12||RULES GIRL||M||7||Peter Gillis||58|
|10||4212x1322x||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||G||8||John P Thompson||104|