Kingston Town Classic

The Kingston Town Classic is a Group 1 1800m event held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth in early December each summer.

2017 Kingston Town Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Pounamu
  • 2nd: #6 Material Man
  • 3rd: #13 Achernar Star



Named after the Australian Racing Hall of Fame horse Kingston Town, the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic is the last of the three elite level races held during November – December over the  Perth Summer Racing Carnival. Held at Ascot Racecourse, the weight-for-age race is worth $1 million dollars in prize money and is contested over 1800m.

The best lead-up race to the event is the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) run a fortnight earlier. Horses out of the Kingston Town Classic field may go on to contest the Group 1 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Eve.

The 2017 Kingston Town Classic ran on Saturday December 9, 2017 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.

Kingston Town Classic 2017
Date: Saturday December 9, 2017
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1 million

2017 Kingston Town Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Pounamu
  • 2nd: #6 Material Man
  • 3rd: #13 Achernar Star

See below for the full Kingston Town Classic 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the upset win by the local Alan Mathews-trained Pounamu ($21) who made up all the ground from 11th to first on the home turn to defeat fellow Perth gallopers Mateiral Man (2nd) and the three-year-old WA Guineas runner-up Achernar Star (3rd).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 8 59kg $21
2 6 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Mitchell Pateman 0.5L 6 59kg $31
3 13 ACHERNAR STAR Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 0.75L 4 52kg $8.50
4 15 PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1.5L 9 50kg $5.50
5 2 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2L 11 59kg $7
6 12 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams Jarrad Noske 2.25L 10 56.5kg $41
7 14 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 3.25L 2 52kg $41
8 3 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 4.5L 12 59kg $41
9 1 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 5.25L 1 59kg $3.20F
10 11 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 5.25L 3 57kg $41
11 4 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 5.5L 7 59kg $9
12 8 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Douglas Whyte 7.25L 5 59kg $14
13 7 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 8L 13 59kg $41
9 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Lee Newman 0
10 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant Brad Parnham 0

2017 Kingston Town Classic Tips

  • 1st: #15 Perfect Jewel
  • 2nd: #1 Black Heart Bart
  • 3rd: #3 Great Shot

Follow the link to read our full Kingston Town Classic 2017 Tips, the Races.com.au team tipping the WA Guineas winning filly Perfect Jewel ($6) to continue her consistent career enjoying a weight advantage (50kg) over the older horses in her first Group 1 test. Race favourite Black Heart Bart ($3) is the danger if the five-time Group 1 winner can get a clear run from the inside alley, while the upset Railway Stakes winner Great Shot ($18) is a place chance despite rising in weight at WFA.

2017 Kingston Town Classic Odds & Betting

Read our full Kingston Town Classic 2017 Form Guide & Betting Preview

The top Kingston Town Classic 2017 odds will be provided below along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your insider Kingston Town Classic betting tips at the right price this summer.

2017 Kingston Town Classic Field

The Kingston Town Classic field is usually filled out with some of the better Perth thoroughbreds as well as visiting stayers from the eastern states.

Horses traditionally run in the Railway Stakes a fortnight earlier leading-up to the Kingston Town Classic and Sniper’s Bullet (2009) was the last to do the double. Three-year-old runners in the Kingston Town Classic field may have their final lead-up in the Group 2 W.A. Guineas and Ihtsahymn (2013) was the last to complete that double.

The 2017 Kingston Town Classic field is announced on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released by Perth Racing.

The Kingston Town Classic 2017 Final Field attracted 15 gun weight-for-age hopefuls led by the Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart who also came-up trumps in the 2017 Kingston Town Classic Barrier Draw with gate one. Other well-fancied hopefuls include Godolphin’s Doncaster Mile champ It’s Somewhat out wider in gate 11 and the WA Guineas winning filly Perfect Jewel in barrier nine.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1x75x32352 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1 59kg
2 3x1119x033 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 11 59kg
3 2186×52321 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 12 59kg
4 05×2222623 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 7 59kg
5 11x4963x16 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 8 59kg
6 x31114x145 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Mitchell Pateman 6 59kg
7 26216×3549 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 14 59kg
8 x122x25392 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Douglas Whyte 5 59kg
9 82413×6517 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Lee Newman 13 58.5kg
10 90122×2110 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant Brad Parnham 15 57kg
11 3x1511x460 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 3 57kg
12 11612×1522 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams Jarrad Noske 10 56.5kg
13 1x122x7122 ACHERNAR STAR Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 4 52kg
14 x223x11617 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 2 52kg
15 1×1141 PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 9 50kg

2017 Kingston Town Classic Nominations

More and more interstate raiders trained outside of W.A. are featuring in the Kingston Town Classic nominations that close about a month out from the Group 1.

The 2017 Kingston Town Classic nominations will be published in full once announced in early-mid November.

The Kingston Town Classic 2017 Nominations feature 99 horses including last year’s Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice out to go one better than his second in the Kingston Town Classic results last summer.

View the 2017 Kingston Town Classic Nominations & Early Odds.

Kingston Town Classic History

First raced in 1976 and won by Family Of Man, the Kingston Town Classic has undergone plenty of name changes. Starting with the Marlboro 50,000, the event then went on to be named the Western Mail Classic, Rothwells Stakes, Winfield Stakes, Beat Diabetes 2 Stakes and Fruit ‘N’ Veg Stakes. In 2007 it was officially named the Kingston Town Classic after the great horse’s victory in 1982.

Summer Beau won the race in two consecutive years in 1996 and 1997 and Old Comrade followed in 2000 and 2001. Niconero managed to win the Classic twice in 2006 and 2008 as did the race’s first winner Family Of Man in 1976 and 1978. More recently playing God (2010-11) went back-to-back in the race as a three-year-old and four-year-old, while in 2015 Perfect Reflection became the first three-year-old filly to win the Kingston Town Classic.

Kingston Town Classic Winners

The table below shows the winners and place-getters of the Kingston Town Classic since 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Kingston Town Classic
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Kingston Town Classic
1st Pounamu 1 minute 49.50 seconds
2nd Material Man
3rd Achernar Star
2016
Kingston Town Classic
1st Stratum Star 1 minute 49.49 seconds
2nd Scales Of Justice
3rd Perfect Reflection
2015
Kingston Town Classic
1st Perfect Reflection 1 minute 53.78 seconds
2nd Delicacy
3rd Dark Musket
2014
Kingston Town Classic
1st Moriarty 1 minute 48.71 seconds
2nd Disposition
3rd Elite Belle
2013
Kingston Town Classic
1st Ihtsahymn 1 minute 49.95 seconds
2nd Luckygray
3rd Rohan
2012
Kingston Town Classic
1st Luckygray 1 minute 50.7 seconds
2nd Mr Moet
3rd God Has Spoken
2011
Kingston Town Classic
1st Playing God 1 minute 49.6 seconds
2nd Ranger
3rd King Saul
2010
Kingston Town Classic
1st Playing God 1 minute 48.9 seconds
2nd Impressive Jeuney
3rd Trusting
2009Kingston Town Classic 1st Sniper’s Bullet 1 minute 46.96 seconds
2nd God Has Spoken
3rd Scenic Shot
2008Kingston Town Classic 1st Niconero 1 minute 46.9 seconds
2nd Gilded Venom
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
2007Kingston Town Classic 1st Megatic 1 minute 48 seconds
2nd Guyno
3rd New Spice
2006Kingston Town Classic 1st Niconero 1 minute 47.4 seconds
2nd Scenic Shot
3rd Daka’s Gem
2005Kingston Town Classic 1st Early Express 1 minute 48 seconds
2nd Lock The Vault
3rd Bon Argent
2004Kingston Town Classic 1st Modem 1 minute 50.1 seconds
2nd Free At Last
3rd True Steel
2003Kingston Town Classic 1st True Steel 2 minutes 3.6 seconds
2nd Milanova
3rd Hardrada
2002Kingston Town Classic 1st Blevvo 1 minute 52.1 seconds
2nd Finito
3rd Corporate Bruce
2001Kingston Town Classic 1st Old Comrade 1 minute 50 seconds
2nd Miss Precisely
3rd Shot Of Thunder
2000Kingston Town Classic 1st Old Comrade 1 minute 6.2 seconds
2nd Umrum
3rd Slideaway

Spring Racing

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best So...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

For the second weekend in a row it was the Godolphin blue on top at Caulfield...

Thinkin’ Big? Think Vict...

Thinkin’ Big? Think Victoria Derby Favourite

Thinkin’ Big is on track for the Victoria Derby next month after...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Ellee...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

Lots of good horses looked a chance on Saturday at Caulfield, but nobody came...

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo...

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo Claims Group Two Glory

Make it three wins from five starts for talented galloper Eduardo.  The...

Horse Racing Today

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfie...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Ye...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Year Old Unforgotten

A disappointing eighth in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) has...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Trainer Tony McEvoy thinks his filly Oohood has a great chance of breaking the...

Smart Melody humming along nic...

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Unbeaten filly Smart Melody is humming along nicely as she steps up to Group 1...

Outside barrier ok for D’...

Outside barrier ok for D’Argento in 2018 Ladbrokes Stakes

Jockey James McDonald won’t offer the outside barrier as an excuse if race...

Race Results

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic for Tristarc Winner Shumookh

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

Thinkin’ Big? Think Victoria Derby Favourite

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo Claims Group Two Glory

Race Previews

Caulfield Cup: Track Downgrade Should Suit Youngstar Nicely

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Weight & Distance No Worries for Youngstar, But Barrier Might Be

Caulfield Cup: Youngstar Improving, But Kerrin McEvoy Wary of Night’s Watch

Fields & Form

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Outside barrier ok for D’Argento in 2018 Ladbrokes Stakes