Kingston Town Stakes

The Kingston Town Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Randwick on George Main Stakes Day as a lead-up to the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).

2019 Kingston Town Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Finche
  • 2nd: #9 Stampede
  • 3rd: #6 Carzoff



The Kingston Town Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held at Randwick Racecourse in September each year during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The Kingston Town Stakes runs on George Main Stakes Day. The event shares the program with four other Group status races including the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) for Epsom Handicap hopes and the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes for three-year-old fillies looking at a run in the Flight Stakes next-up.

Held over 2000m, the Kingston Town Stakes is now run under set weights plus penalties conditions and presents an early staying challenge. Open to horses aged three years and older, the Kingston Town Stakes is a great race for form guidance in later features in Sydney over the spring. With a total purse of $160,000, the Kingston Town Stakes draws some very talented horses each year.

Those horses that perform well in the Kingston Town Stakes often seek to target the Group 1 The Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Royal Randwick a fortnight later.

The last galloper to complete the Kingston Town Stakes – The Metropolitan double in the same season was Herculian Prince (2010). In 2016 Sir John Hawkwood improved on a second in the Kingston Town Stakes to win The Metropolitan.

The 2019 Kingston Town Stakes took place on Saturday September 21, 2019 and was won by Chris Waller’s Spring Cups hope Finche. 

Kingston Town Stakes
Date: Saturday September 21, 2019
Track: Rosehill Gardens
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 3YO&UP – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $160,000
Inaugurated: 1948

2019 Kingston Town Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Finche
  • 2nd: #9 Stampede
  • 3rd: #6 Carzoff

The official Kingston Town Stakes 2019 Results saw last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth placed import Finche salute down under for the first time, the Chris Waller-trained stayer saluting in impressive fashion ahead of a likely Spring Cups campaign in Victoria later this season.

Read more on the 2019 Kingston Town Stakes win by Melbourne Cup-bound Finche.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 56kg $10
2 9 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0.4L 12 55kg $21
3 6 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 1.4L 14 56kg $41
4 7 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 1.9L 3 56kg (cd 56.5kg) $14
5 3 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 2.7L 2 57kg $51
6 11 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller James McDonald 2.8L 5 55kg $3.50F
7 10 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 3.8L 16 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $9.50
7 17e SCARLET DREAM Mark Newnham Tommy Berry 3.8L 8 53kg $11
9 12 HARIPOUR (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3.9L 1 55kg $19
10 18e SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 4.7L 10 55kg $3.90
11 16 GIRL TUESDAY Chris Waller Glen Boss 5.6L 15 53kg $9
12 1 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 5.8L 9 58kg $61
13 13 FABRIZIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 7.6L 7 55kg $101
14 14 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Luke Currie 7.8L 13 55kg $151
15 19e DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 19.7L 6 55kg $151
16 2 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 27.5L 11 58kg $151
20e CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 0
15 SAUNTER BOY (FR) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan (a) 0
8 OUR CENTURY (IRE) Kim Waugh Jason Collett 0
5 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees 0

2019 Kingston Town Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Kingston Town Stakes 2019 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

2019 Kingston Town Stakes Field

The 2019 Kingston Town Stakes field is announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to George Main Stakes Day and will be provided in full below along with the official Kingston Town Stakes Barriers & Weights.

The official Kingston Town Stakes 2019 Final Field attracted the capacity 16 starters plus four emergencies including the clear Chris Waller-trained favourite Come Play With Me coming off a Premier’s Cup second in the wet at Rosehill. Waller saddles-up seven runners in total including also last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Finche and in-form Street Cry mare Girl Tuesday.

Update: The first emergency Scarlet Dream (9) has come into the 2019 Kingston Town Stakes field after the early scratching of the Kim Waugh-trained Our Century who had drawn the outside barrier.

Latest 2019 Kingston Town Stakes Scratchings: There are now four official withdrawals from the race including the Kris Lees-trained duo of Red Cardinal and Saunter boy who ran fifth and 13th respectively in Friday’s Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup. Our Century also scratched out of the Kingston Town Stakes for a run at Broadmeadow but finished a disappointing seventh.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x1x92321x0 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 10 58kg 108
2 1x46797x90 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 13 58kg 103
3 x444740x70 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 2 57kg 101
4 655x1x34x5 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 56kg 108
5 0300x1170x RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees TBA 15 56kg 107
6 24411×0413 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 17 56kg 105
7 201x6112x9 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 3 56kg (probable wgt. 56.5kg) 105
8 x013x121x0 OUR CENTURY (IRE) Kim Waugh Jason Collett 20 55kg 106
9 655x1x0020 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 14 55kg 104
10 622008326x BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 19 55kg (probably wgt. 56kg) 103
11 4723211112 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller James McDonald 6 55kg 103
12 9x818328x4 HARIPOUR (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 55kg 102
13 32933320×0 FABRIZIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 8 55kg 100
14 30x02062x0 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Luke Currie 16 55kg 97
15 1953x4554x SAUNTER BOY (FR) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan (a) 12 55kg 92
16 8888123×13 GIRL TUESDAY Chris Waller Glen Boss 18 53kg 104
17e 11x23727x2 SCARLET DREAM Mark Newnham Tommy Berry 9 53kg 91
18e x112x216x2 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 11 55kg 90
19e 7x8565826x DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees TBA 7 55kg 84
20e 5147225×50 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 5 55kg 73

Kingston Town Stakes History

Columnist won the inaugural edition of the Kingston Town Stakes in 1948. Since then, the race has enjoyed considerable spectator support and strong fields from great stables. Named in honour of champion racehorse Kingston Town (who won the race twice prior to its renaming), the Kingston Town Stakes is rich with history.

Known as the STC Cup between 1948 and 1983, the Kingston Town Stakes was not given its current name until the 1984 edition, a few years after Kingston Town’s wins in 1980 and 1981. Initially, the race was 1.5 miles in length, which is approximately 2400 metres. This was normalised to 2400 metres in 1972 and stayed that way until the 1991 edition ran over 1900 metres. Since 1992, however, the Kingston Town Stakes has remained 2000 metres in length.

Initially a Principal Race, the Kingston Town Stakes was given Group 3 status in 1979 and has remained at this grade since. Usually held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, in 1991 the Kingston Town Stakes was hosted by Canterbury Park for a year.

Notable Kingston Town Stakes winners include Monte Carlo (1958), Tails (1969), Kingston Town (1980, 81), Swiss Echo (2001), Lamasery (2011) and Avilius (2018). Kingston Town Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Kingston Town Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Finche 2 minutes 4.42 seconds
2nd Stampede
3rd Carzoff
2018
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Avilius 2 minutes 2.01 seconds
2nd Brimham Rocks
3rd I Am Serious
2017
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Libran 2 minutes 2.76 seconds
2nd Antonio Giuseppe
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2016
Kingston Town Stakes
1st McCreery 2 minute 3.8 seconds
2nd Sir John Hawkwood
3rd Allergic
2015
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Silverball 2 minutes 02.98 seconds
2nd Maurus
3rd Foundry
2014
Kingston Town Stakes
1st He’s Your Man 2 minutes 04.02 seconds
2nd Kingdoms
3rd Deane Martin
2013
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Prince Cheri 2 minutes 03.4 seconds
2nd Honorius
3rd Julienas
2012
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Stout Hearted 2 minutes 00.6 seconds
2nd Crafty Irna
3rd Strawberry Boy
2011
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Lamasery 2 minutes 02.5 seconds
2nd Crafty Irna
3rd Mourayan
2010
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Herculian Prince 2 minutes 01.5 seconds
2nd Stormhill
3rd The Embassy
2009
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Ready To Lift 2 minutes 01.9 seconds
2nd Voice Coach
3rd God’s Hand
2008
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Hurrah 2 minutes 03.3 seconds
2nd Red Lord
3rd Sir Fussalot
2007
Kingston Town Stakes
Race Not Held
2006
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Mr Martini 2 minutes 05.5 seconds
2nd Vanquished
3rd Lookout
2005
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Stormhill 2 minutes 01.1 seconds
2nd Railings
3rd Carael Boy
2004
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Just Polite 2 minutes 04.0 seconds
2nd Seul Amour
3rd New York Style
2003
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Ariante 2 minutes 03.1 seconds
2nd Dashing Away
3rd Mrs Tendulkar
2002
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Dress Circle 2 minutes 02.2 seconds
2nd Youhadyourwarning
3rd Native Jazz
2001
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Swiss Echo 2 minutes 03.3 seconds
2nd Able Way
3rd Mulan Princess
2000
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Dashing Scene 2 minutes 04.9 seconds
2nd Motiti Road
3rd Splendid Retreat

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