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Saturday week’s 2017 Kingston Town Classic calls for impressive three-year-old filly Perfect Jewel after her nice win over the colts and geldings in the W.A. Guineas.
The Grant & Alana Williams-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice was back in the winners’ stall overcoming a wide barrier 14 (into 13) draw in last weekend’s Group 2 $500,000 W.A. Guineas (1600m).
Perth’s premier hoop William Pike was back aboard the smart filly after Jarrad Noske rode her last time out for her sole career loss in the Listed $100,000 Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) from November 10.
Improving on her fourth that day, Perfect Jewel ($6.50) relished the step-up to a mile for first time and enjoyed a three-quarter length victory over the Simon Miller-trained favourite Achernar Star ($6).
A further length back for third rounding out the WA Guineas trifecta this Perth Summer Racing Carnival was the Darren McAuliffe-trained Sebring filly Art Series on the quick back-up off her Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes win at the track / distance the weekend before.
The WA Guineas results saw Perfect Jewel firm in futures markets to beat home the older horses at weight-for-age back at Ascot Racecourse on December 9 in the Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
“I’ve always liked her,” owner-breeder Bob Peters told The West Australian post-win on Saturday.
“It’s just wonderful to see you can do it from this barrier.
“We resisted the temptation to run her in the Champion Fillies and kept her three weeks into this one and it worked.
“If she pulls up well there’s not much else for her [other than the Kingston Town Classic].”
Three-year-olds have a strong recent record in the Kingston Town Classic with four victories since 2007, most recently the fellow Grant Williams-trained filly Perfect Reflection (2015).
All-in Kingston Town Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au currently list Perfect Jewel as a $10 chance.
The pre-field markets are led by the Darren Weir-trained five-time Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart ($4) who was the narrow and gallant runner-up to shock winner Great Shot in last weekend’s Group 1 $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m).
Two other eastern state raiders are also well-fancied in the Kingston Town Classic betting markets with It’s Somewhat ($5.50) and Tom Melbourne ($7.50) being kept safe by the bookies.
Prepared by James Cummings for the powerhouse Godolphin stable, seven-year-old It’s Somewhat was last seen running at Flemington on November 11 in the Group 1 $2 million Emirates Stakes (2000m) where he crossed under two lengths back third to Tosen Stardom.
Tom Melbourne meanwhile is prepared by Sydney’s Chris Waller who won the 2014 Kingston Town Classic with Moriarty (2014).
Moriarty improved on a lead-up third in that year’s Railway Stakes, which is the exact form Tom Melbourne brings into the race this summer.
After running second in five of his six lead-up runs from the spring, Tom Melbourne continued the frustration for connections when only a quarter-length away third in the Railway Stakes over the weekend after a gun run from jockey Damien Oliver from the inside alley.
See below for the full WA Guineas 2017 results before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back the winner Perfect Jewel next race at the top summer racing odds online.
2017 WA Guineas Results & Finishing Order
Ascot Racecourse – 25/11/2017
|1||14||PERFECT JEWEL||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||–||14||54.5kg||$6.50|
|2||1||ACHERNAR STAR||Simon A Miller||Craig Williams||0.75L||3||56.5kg||$6F|
|3||13||ART SERIES||Darren Mcauliffe||Douglas Whyte||1.75L||8||54.5kg||$9.50|
|4||5||GAULOIS||James Cummings||Damian Lane||2.5L||15||56.5kg||$10|
|5||9||ARCADIA PRINCE||Grant & Alana Williams||Damien Oliver||3.25L||11||56.5kg||$19|
|6||11||THREE SECRETS||Steve Wolfe||Shaun Mc Gruddy||4L||7||56.5kg||$51|
|7||3||MONEY MAHER||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Jarrad Noske||4.25L||9||56.5kg||$6.50|
|8||6||REYKJAVIK||Paula Wagg||Shaun O’Donnell||4.5L||6||56.5kg||$51|
|9||2||DEBELLATIO||Fred Kersley||Daniel Staeck||4.5L||1||56.5kg||$16|
|10||4||SALUBRIOUS||Dion Luciani||Joseph Azzopardi||5.5L||2||56.5kg||$15|
|11||15||PRIVATE DANCER||Trevor Andrews||Brad Parnham||7L||12||54.5kg||$31|
|12||12||VITAL DANCER||Brett Pope||Peter Hall||8.5L||4||56.5kg||$51|
|13||17e||HOODLUM THUNDER||Brett Pope||Mitchell Pateman||9.75L||16||56.5kg||$81|
|14||10||ATHLETE||Neville Parnham||Patrick Carbery||10.5L||5||56.5kg||$201|
|15||7||ROGANELLA||Daniel Morton||Chris Parnham||12L||13||56.5kg||$16|
|SB||16||SOPHIA’S SECRET||Daniel Morton||Joshua Parr||–||10||54.5kg||–|
|–||18e||BRUTUS MAXIMUS||David Harrison||–||–||5||–||–|
|–||8||TURBO POWER||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||–||10||–||–|
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